The Trust for Governors Island

The Governors Island Corporation, doing business as The Trust for Governors Island, is the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created by the City of New York and charged with the planning, redevelopment, and ongoing operations of 150 acres 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.

Open space and recreation, arts and culture, and climate solutions form the three key pillars of Governors Island’s growth strategy, which will together advance the mission of the Island to be an extraordinary public place, support expanded, year-round public access, and create a path towards financial self-sufficiency.

The Trust is currently transforming Governors Island into a destination with extraordinary public open space, as well as educational, nonprofit, and commercial facilities. Thirty new acres of park and public spaces opened to the public for the first time in 2014. In 2016 the Trust opened The Hills, the crowning feature of the new park. Made of recycled construction and fill materials, The Hills rise 25 to 70 feet above the Harbor. The summit of the tallest hill provides visitors with a 360-degree panorama of the Statue of Liberty, New York harbor, and the Lower Manhattan skyline.

In addition to the completion of the park, the Trust is proceeding with an ambitious infrastructure program to ready the Island for expanded tenancy and activity. In addition to the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, the Billion Oyster Project and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Center at Governors Island, the Trust will soon welcome QC Terme, a destination day spa. The move will help the organization achieve its goal of making the Island an extraordinary public resource with a vibrant mix of uses and activities.

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