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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!


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
Peter Ebright, New York Cruise Lines
Adam Freed, Bloomberg Associates
Tal Golomb, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
Jamie Joyce, Rubenstein
Justine Lee, 25Madison
Robert Levine, RAL Companies and Affiliates LLC
Xiao Linda Liu, McKinsey & Co.
Charlie Miller
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


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