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The Trust for Governors Island

The Trust for Governors Island is the 501(c)3 non-profit organization created by the City of New York responsible for the planning, operations and ongoing development of Governors Island. The Trust’s mission is to realize the full potential of Governors Island for the inspiration and enjoyment of all New Yorkers, demonstrating a bold vision for public space.

Since its transfer from federal to local control in 2003, Governors Island has undergone one of the most remarkable transformations in New York City’s history. The Trust for Governors Island and the City of New York, working in partnership with the National Park Service and the non-profit Friends of Governors Island, have worked to build over 43 acres of new, award-winning park space, created public programs and commissioned artworks to welcome nearly 1M visitors annually from all five boroughs of New York City, rehabilitated historic buildings in partnership with educational and cultural tenants, and invested in infrastructure to ready the Island for its next chapter.

Following nearly two decades of planning and investment, the Trust is embarking on a growth strategy centered on transformative arts and culture, extraordinary open space, and education and research focused on the climate crisis. These efforts will together advance the mission of the Trust to continue Governors Island’s transformation as an extraordinary public place, supporting year-round public access and creating a path towards financial sustainability.

In September 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Trust for Governors Island announced plans to develop a Center for Climate Solutions. The Center would bring together a community of researchers, educators, advocates, innovators and policymakers to create, test and implement the climate solutions needed today and in the decades to come.

Board Members

Donnel Baird

Alice Blank

Alicia Glen, Chair

Carolee Fink

Lisa Garcia

Karen Brooks Hopkins

Gaurav Kapadia

Patrick Kennell

Benjamin Lawsky

Grace Lee

Susan Mercandetti

Daniel Neidich

Michael Oppenheimer

Tokumbo Shobowale

Daniel Squadron

Matthew Washington

Carl Weisbrod


Clare Newman, President and CEO

Board and Committee Meeting Notes