About Us


We curate the stories of courageous Americans who have taken a stand against hate.


When everyone stands up to hate, our country will be stronger, more just, and equal.

Our Story

The Museum of the Courageous (MOTC) was born to inspire more people to stand up to hate. Founded on the beliefs that powerful narratives compel action and storytelling at scale can change a nation, the co-founders set out to amplify untold and under-told examples of courage to continuously bend our country toward justice. Launched in 2019, MOTC is building the largest collection of stories about individuals standing up to acts of hate based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability. 

Our team works to realize the vision of the Museum of the Courageous, from award-winning designers and filmmakers to attorneys and researchers. Led by Teresa Vazquez, a nonprofit professional with two decades of experience, our growing community is passionate about ensuring that stories of courage become the stories of America.

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Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering or working with MOTC.

Executive Director and Founding Trustees
Teresa Vazquez

Teresa Vazquez

Executive Director and Founding Trustee

Teresa Vazquez leads the Museum backed by a 20-year career as a nonprofit executive, fundraiser, and economic development leader who raised and deployed over $100M of capital for social good.

David Neil

Founding Trustee and Board Chair

David Neil has launched and scaled multiple social and environmental ventures. He is also a principal at one of the largest real estate companies in New York City.

Everard Findlay

Founding Trustee

Everard Findlay blends branding and social innovation to empower CEOs, heads of state, and thought leaders to invest in a future that benefits citizens, the environment, and society as a whole while building profitability and growth.

Laura Neil

Founding Trustee

With expertise in communications, public relations, and corporate partnerships, Laura Neil has dedicated her career to strengthening mission delivery at nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

Molly Findlay

Founding Trustee

Molly Findlay lends her 20+ years of experience as a renowned sculptor, set-designer community activist to catalyze the courageous movement and design museum user experience.

Jen Laird White


A storyteller at heart, Jen advises MOTC from a 30-year career as a documentary filmmaker, journalist, news producer, and public servant. After serving three terms as Mayor of her town, Jen is now at the forefront of America’s emerging, smart-grid revolution. 


The impact we have is only possible because of our partners. They provide crucial resources and others offer their talent and expertise. 

  • Laura & David Neil
  • Wendy & Doug Kreeger
  • Sylvia Neil
  • Pernilla Andren Avital
  • Molly & Everard Findlay
  • Carter McClelland
  • David Rotenberg
  • Joshua Winter
  • Wendy Biddle
  • Aaron Dawson
  • Christy Kingham
  • John Mansey Hill