Former 9/11 Memorial & Museum executive to lead brand vision for America’s 250th anniversary
Washington, D.C. – America250, the nationwide commemoration of America’s 250th anniversary in 2026 led by the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, today announced the appointment of Michael Frazier as Chief Communications Officer. Frazier will report to President and CEO Joseph C. Daniels and oversee nationwide communications, marketing, and engagement efforts leading up to the largest and most inclusive commemoration in America’s history.
“I’ve had the great pleasure of working closely with Michael over the years, and I can say that there is no one I would rather have in charge of engaging the tens of millions of Americans we aspire to reach from every state and territory. I’m so excited to officially welcome him to America250 as we approach the milestone anniversary of America’s independence,” President and CEO Joseph C. Daniels said. “We are going to uplift, inspire, and bring together Americans in thoughtful and meaningful ways and Michael will be a visionary leader of the team to help us exceed these goals.”
As head of communications and marketing, Frazier will drive America250’s brand vision, public relations and media planning, and oversee all advertising, creative and design, content production, and digital media strategies with a focus on building awareness and participation in the organization’s national programs and partnerships. He will also serve as an advisor to Daniels.
Frazier joins America250 with more than two decades of communications and marketing experience, including representing the Mike Bloomberg 2020 presidential campaign as a national spokesman, consulting on digital strategies and business planning, and serving as Executive Vice President and Deputy Director of External Affairs at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. During his more than 10-year tenure at the Memorial & Museum, Frazier helped attract more than 68 million visitors from all 50 states and nearly 200 nations and he oversaw business activities that drove about $62 million in annual revenue.
“Sharing stories about our nation and the people who enrich America and its institutions with diverse ideas, cultures and beliefs is a remarkable privilege,” Frazier said. “With Joe’s leadership and vision, we will broaden the experience of the commemoration and inspire the country to dream about what we can achieve over the next 250 years and beyond.”
“America250 is a once-in-a-lifetime initiative that has the opportunity to engage and inspire all Americans over the next five years,” said Frank Giordano, Executive Director, U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission. “Michael brings a wealth of strategic communications and advisory experience reaching and connecting with new audiences as we seek to create a truly inclusive commemoration that will leave a legacy of hope for future generations to come.”
Frazier began his career in journalism, working as the City Hall Bureau Chief for Newsday, and held lead reporting roles at The Associated Press and The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. As a food allergy parent, Frazier worked as an advocate leading to the passage of legislation changing food safety label requirements for the first time in 17 years. He is also an advisor to Emily Brown, the Founder of Food Equality Initiative and the CEO and Founder of Free From Market, which are initiatives expanding access to healthy food in the management of chronic disease.
Frazier currently serves on the board of Brooklyn Children’s Museum. He formerly served on the board of national ambassadors for Food Allergy Research and Education and volunteered communications counseling for the Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation Board in Charleston, South Carolina.
Frazier earned his bachelor’s in journalism from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he was the recipient of the William Fulbright Scholarship.
America250 is a multiyear effort to commemorate the semiquincentennial, or 250th anniversary, of the United States. The purpose of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, created by Congress, and the corresponding America250 Foundation, is to catalyze a more perfect union by designing and leading the most comprehensive and inclusive celebration in our country’s history. America250 represents a coalition of public and private partners all working to create initiatives and programs that honor our first 250 years and inspire Americans to imagine our next 250. The commemoration period began in 2020, culminates on July 4, 2026, and officially concludes in 2027. For more information, visit www.america250.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter , Instagram and TikTok.
Rebecca Devine, firstname.lastname@example.org