Mayor de Blasio Announces New Governors Island President


We are delighted to welcome Michael Samuelian as the new President of the Trust for Governors Island! Samuelian brings a wealth of experience in in both the public and private sectors in urban design, planning, and overseeing the implementation of large-scale development projects. He will be responsible for directing and managing all of Governors Island’s activities and operations, and supporting the development of Governors Island as a vibrant, year-round destination for recreation, innovation, and culture. The Trust’s Board of Directors voted to elect Samuelian on September 14, 2016.

Most recently, Samuelian served as Vice President at Related Companies, where he was responsible for for the urban planning, design management and public approvals of Hudson Yards, a $25 billion master plan for 17 million square feet of mixed-use development on Manhattan’s West Side. Prior to joining Related, Samuelian served as Director of Lower Manhattan Special Projects at the Department of City Planning, helping the City’s efforts to redevelop downtown post-9/11. He worked with a variety of constituents, ranging from the local community boards to state and city agencies to develop consensus for the disposition of federal funds dedicated to the recovery and rebuilding of Lower Manhattan. Samuelian also led the effort to plan and design a new waterfront park on the East River and was the city’s representative in the development and production of the World Trade Center Commercial Design Guidelines.

Michael is a Fellow of the AIA, a registered architect in New York State and a member of the New York State Board for Architecture. He also serves on the Board of Governors of Open House New York (OHNY) and has served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Governors Island.

As a born and bred New Yorker, I am both excited and honored to again serve this great city and its residents. Parks bring New Yorkers together. They are our backyards and our respite, and Governors Island is a true gem that everyone in the city should be able to enjoy. Building upon all of the hard work that’s been put into making Governors Island a great destination, I look forward to further enhancing the Island and introducing even more New Yorkers and unique experiences to this special place,” said Samuelian.

Read more about Samuelian’s exciting appointment in The New York Times!