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.

The Friends invites you to lend your voice, time and financial contributions to ensure that Governors Island remains a vibrant public resource.


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, click here.

Board of Directors

Marc Ricks, Vornado Realty Trust
Sarah Cave, Hughes Hubbard & Reed
Justin Ginsburgh, Motivate

Michael Burke, Statue Cruises
Betty Chen, BYC Projects
Peter Ebright, New York Cruise Lines
Tal Golomb, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
Raizy Haas, Extell
Charles “Chuck” Henry
Arthur Imperatore, Jr., NY Waterway
Jamie Joyce, Rubenstein
EB Kelly, Tishman Speyer
Jennifer Kurland, Production Glue
Jonathan Law, McKinsey & Co.
Robert Levine, RAL Companies and Affiliates LLC
Sara Mirski, Lela Goren Group
Jameson Mones, Blackstone
Robert Pirani, Hudson River Foundation
Sara Queen, Mapletree US Management, LLC
Daniel Reynolds, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Judith Rivkin, Christodora
Jackie Snyder, AECOM
Marc Trevino, Sullivan & Cromwell
Lauren Wolf, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Executive Director: Merritt Birnbaum


The Friends of Governors Island received its independent 501(c)(3) status at the end of 2014. The organization’s audited financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2016 are below. For additional financial information, please contact

2016 Audited Financial Statements