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Governors Island is now open to the public year-round, every day from 7am-6pm. Ferries run daily from Manhattan, click here to view schedules and book tickets.

Governors Island is now open to the public year-round, every day from 7am-6pm. Ferries run daily from Manhattan, click here to view schedules and book tickets.

The Friends of Governors Island

The Friends of Gov­er­nors Island is an inde­pen­dent non­prof­it that works to ensure the Island’s con­tin­ued growth and acces­si­bil­i­ty as a vibrant pub­lic resource. As the des­ig­nat­ed fundrais­ing part­ner of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and the Nation­al Park Ser­vice, the Friends stew­ards the Island’s green spaces, enhances the vis­i­tor expe­ri­ence and builds a com­mu­ni­ty ded­i­cat­ed to the Island’s future.

Our core activ­i­ties include run­ning Gov­er­nors Island’s vis­i­tor ser­vices and vol­un­teer pro­grams; rais­ing funds to care for the park’s land­scapes, expand pub­lic access, and cre­ate more free pro­gram­ming; and advo­cat­ing to ensure Gov­er­nors Island remains a shared space for all.

We wel­come dream­ers, inno­va­tors and nim­ble thinkers who want to help us shape this great pub­lic space for the next gen­er­a­tion of New York­ers. Join us!

His­to­ry

The Friends of Governors Island

The Friends of Gov­er­nors Island was found­ed in 1995 as the Gov­er­nors Island Alliance to advo­cate for the return of Gov­er­nors Island to the peo­ple of New York. The organization’s goal of rede­vel­op­ing the for­mer mil­i­tary base as a great civic space was the basis for the 2003 trans­fer of the Island from the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment to New York and the Nation­al Park Ser­vice. The Gov­er­nors Island Alliance became an inde­pen­dent non­prof­it in late 2014 and changed its name to the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island in 2016.

For the his­to­ry of Gov­er­nors Island, read more here.

Board of Directors

Chair: EB Kel­ly, Tish­man Spey­er
Vice Chair: Jen­nifer Kur­land, TAIT
Trea­sur­er: Justin Gins­burgh, Ama­zon
Sec­re­tary: Daniel Reynolds, Cleary Got­tlieb Steen & Hamil­ton LLP

Han­nah Blu­men­thal, Han­nah Blu­men­thal Design
Michael Burke, Horn­blow­er Group / City Expe­ri­ences
Bet­ty Chen, BYC Projects
Jesse Damashek, Dia­geo
Peter Ebright, New York Cruise Lines
Lau­ra Fox, Lyft
Adam Freed, Bloomberg Asso­ciates
Tal Golomb, Fried, Frank, Har­ris, Shriv­er & Jacob­son
Arana Han­kin, Del­e­vante Devel­op­ment Group
Jamie Joyce, Ruben­stein
Jus­tine Lee, 25Madison
Robert Levine, RAL Com­pa­nies and Affil­i­ates LLC
Xiao Lin­da Liu, McK­in­sey & Co.
Char­lie Miller, Char­lie Miller LLC
Jame­son Mon­es, Black­stone
Robert Pirani, Hud­son Riv­er Foun­da­tion
Sara Queen, MetLife Invest­ment Man­age­ment
Marc Ricks, Side­walk Labs
Andrew Rosen, Relat­ed Com­pa­nies
Dar­ren Schluter, PJT Park Hill
Jack­ie Sny­der, AECOM
Marc Tre­viño, Sul­li­van & Cromwell
Lau­ren Wolf, New York City Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Corporation

Exec­u­tive Direc­tor: Mer­ritt Birnbaum

Finan­cials

The Friends of Gov­er­nors Island’s audit­ed finan­cial state­ments are below. Note: the orga­ni­za­tion received its inde­pen­dent 501(c)(3) sta­tus at the end of 2014 and com­plet­ed its first inde­pen­dent fis­cal audit in 2015. For addi­tion­al finan­cial infor­ma­tion, please con­tact info@​friendsgi.​org.

2018 Audit­ed Finan­cial Statements

2017 Audit­ed Finan­cial Statements

2016 Audit­ed Finan­cial Statements

2015 Audit­ed Finan­cial Statements