Trust for Governors Island

Registered Name
Governors Island Corporation
Tax ID


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 transform Governors Island into a vibrant resource for New York City, making the Island a destination with extraordinary public open space, as well as educational, not-for-profit, and commercial facilities. With the mandate to activate Governors Island, maximize public use and attract long term tenants, the Trust has led with arts, culture, and design.

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The trust is responsible for the operation, planning and redevelopment of 150 acres of governors island. The trust provides ferry, maintenance and security services for the island throughout the year. During the expanded six-month public access season hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the island to experience an array of arts, cultural and recreational programs. Through a $300 million capital program, the trust built 30 acres of new park spaces and brought the island's infrastructure into the 21st century. Capital investments have so far supplied potable water, stabilized historic buildings and rehabilitated the seawall; ongoing projects include updating the electrical and telecom systems and upgrading the ferry docks. In addition, phase 2 of the park,the hills, opened in July 2016.


Willa Padgett Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan Meyers Chief Operating Officer
Marni Friedlander General Counsel & Secretary
Ronay Menschel Chair
Elizabeth Richman Board Member
Margaret Chin Board Member
Cheryl Effron Board Member
Alicia Glen Board Member
Patti Harris Board Member
Catherine Hughes Board Member
Janno Lieber Board Member
Andrea Bender Board Member
Judy Rapfogel Board Member
Wendy Schmidt Board Member
Carl Weisbrod Chair
Kevin Ryan Board Member
Avi Schick Board Member
Benjamin Lawsky Board Member
Susan Mercandetti Board Member
Daniel Neidich Board Member
Tokumbo Shobowale Board Member
Michael Samuelian President & CEO
Anthony Davis Director of Buildings and Gnd
James Reed Director of Park & Open Space
Source: IRS 990