Lee Ielpi and Jennifer Adams-Webb

9/11 Tribute Center is led by 9/11 family members, first responders, survivors, civilian volunteers, residents and recovery workers.

The mission to share personal stories begins with the administration. They sustain that mission: to inspire all to appreciate and value the power of sharing our history.

Board of Directors

  • Lee Ielpi
  • Beth Dannhauser
  • Paul Critchlow
  • Tom Fontana
  • William Goldfeder
  • Joan Mastropaolo
  • Debra Steinberg


Leadership Lee Ielpi Board President of September 11th Families' Association, co-founder of 9/11 Tribute Center

Lee Ielpi

Board President

Lee Ielpi is President of the Board of Directors for the September 11th Families’ Association and co-founder of the 9/11 Tribute Center. Mr. Ielpi joined the Association Board in 2002. He is a leader among the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 and a representative on the 9/11 Memorial Museum Board of Directors, the LMDC Family Advisory Council, the Twin Towers Board and the FDNY Family Advisory Unit.

Mr. Ielpi served as an FDNY firefighter from 1970 – 1996, primarily with Rescue 2 in Brooklyn NY for 19 years. Mr. Ielpi was awarded twenty-four recognitions of exemplary service ranging from Class 3 medals to Unit Citations. He also served as a volunteer in the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Department for 38 years. Prior to joining the FDNY, Mr. Ielpi served in the US Army as a Recon specialist in Vietnam and was awarded 3 medals for valor.

On September 11, 2001, Mr. Ielpi arrived at the World Trade Center within a half-hour of the second collapse. He returned to the World Trade Center daily to assist in rescue operations. As is traditional within the FDNY, Mr. Ielpi worked hands-on daily for nine months to bring home those who were lost, including his son Jonathan Ielpi, FDNY Squad 288. He and his son Brendan were able to carry Jonathan out of the South Tower on December 11, 2001. Mr. Ielpi is a resident of Great Neck, NY, and has four children and eight grandchildren.


Leadership Jennifer Adams-Webb CEO of the 9/11 Tribute Center

Jennifer Adams-Webb

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Adams-Webb is the Chief Executive Officer for the September 11th Families’ Association and co-founder of the 9/11 Tribute Center. She has developed and managed operations and programs for the Association since 2002.

Prior to joining Association, Mrs. Adams-Webb served as Vice President for the Mercantile Group, Ltd. with responsibility for growing the business by expanding services and operational capacity. She formerly served as Vice President for BayView Financial Trading Group and holds a BS in Finance and International Business.

Mrs. Adams-Webb worked in World Trade Tower 1 for several years and volunteered in the aftermath of 9/11 for the Salvation Army.