We are proud to announce the appointment of Brian Hughes as the new Secretary of the Board of Directors for Tuesday’s Children, effective December 5, 2023. Brian is a high-growth technology executive and US Army combat veteran who first became involved with Tuesday’s Children in 2005 as a mentor for a 9/11 family member.
In his own words “Seeing the resilience of the 9/11 community firsthand as a Long Islander and later as a Tuesday’s Children mentor taught me many lessons about life and healing. I could not appreciate at the time just how much these families and their experience would shape how I think about community and resilience – both in and out of uniform.”
Brian’s time on active duty began at the United States Military Academy at West Point. After commissioning as a cavalry officer and earning his Ranger tab, Brian served as a platoon leader in Iraq and then as a troop commander in Afghanistan. After his time as a US Army Captain, he was ready to transition to civilian life, pursue a career in business, and ultimately return to Long Island. Today Brian lives in Manhasset, where Tuesday’s Children began, with his wife Patti and their two children.
In his business career following an MBA at Harvard Business School, Brian has held leadership positions at technology companies such as Uber and Spotify. There he worked with the outstanding leaders on Tuesday’s Children staff, including Amy Wright and Kathy Murphy, to forge relationships between those companies and the Tuesday’s Children communities and career programs. Now, Brian is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hims & Hers, a health and wellness platform. “Driving strategy in fast-moving companies can be really exciting, but it’s when things get quiet that you realize life is really about community. Joining Tuesday’s Children’s board in 2022 was a humbling moment because of how much this mission and our communities mean to me.”
Seeing the impact of Tuesday’s Children firsthand inspired Brian to take on this new role. “Really, the amazing work of the Tuesday’s Children staff is why families think about the organization as they do. I’ve been inspired by people like Sara Wingerath-Schlanger for nearly twenty years now. And the staff’s incredible passion and dedication are so necessary to enable healing, but the power of Tuesday’s Children is in its long-term healing model. This organization’s thoughtful combination of well-executed programs is the model I believe in because I’ve seen its results.” As Secretary of the Board, Brian plans to support the organization’s mission to foster long-term healing among 9/11 surviving families and those U.S. Military Families of the Fallen who have served and sacrificed in so many ways. “While these are two unique and special groups, there are also very valuable lessons and skills Tuesday’s Children can share across these most deserving Americans. And I’m committed to ensuring that we support their journey to resilience while never forgetting how Tuesday’s Children began.”
Join us in welcoming Brian Hughes and supporting him in his new role as we continue our enduring promise to those impacted by Tuesday, September 11th and the families of fallen military service members.
Brian Hughes, Iraq, 2009