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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.

The Trust for Governors Island is pursuing six goals to ensure that Governors Island will be preserved and enhanced for the enjoyment of all New Yorkers for generations to come:

  • Make Governors Island a dynamic and accessible public place year-round, with the same vibrancy in the winter as the summer
  • Create a path toward financial sustainability through responsible partnerships with like-minded organizations and institutions
  • Celebrate and utilize Governors Island’s unique environment and waterfront location as a public living laboratory
  • Promote a diversity of uses that complement and enhance Governors Island’s unique character
  • Expand opportunities for public participation and engagement
  • Maintain access and affordability for all New Yorkers

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

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The Trust for Governors Island provides presentations to update the public on the Island's public season, open space, arts and culture, and ongoing development. See our public presentations here.

The Public Authorities Accountability Act of 2005, as amended by the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009 (collectively "PARA") requires public authorities such as The Trust for Governors Island to post on its website specific documents relating to its operations and financial position. See the PARA documents for The Trust for Governors Island here.

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