Tom A. Bernstein is President and Co-Founder of Chelsea Piers, L.P., formed in 1992, to develop and operate the Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex, a 30-acre waterfront sports village located along Manhattan’s Hudson River. He is also Co-Chairman of Chelsea Piers Connecticut, a 500,000 square foot sports facility, which opened in Stamford, Connecticut in July 2012.
Mr. Bernstein was one of the two principals of Silver Screen Management, Inc., and the affiliated Silver Screen companies, which from 1983 to 1998 financed 75 films with The Walt Disney Company, including such box office successes as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pretty Women” and “The Little Mermaid.” From 1989 to 1998, Mr. Bernstein was one of the principal owners of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club with the ownership group led by George W. Bush.
Over the past 30 years, Mr. Bernstein has taken a leadership role in a number of organizations focusing on global human rights and citizen service. From 2010 to 2017, Mr. Bernstein served as Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C, appointed by President Obama. Mr. Bernstein now serves as Chairman Emeritus. He was first appointed by President Bush in 2002. Since 2010, Mr. Bernstein has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Cities of Service, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Mr. Bernstein also serves as: Chair of the Partnership for Public Service; Vice-Chair of Human Rights First; Chair of the Human Freedom Advisory Council of the George W. Bush Presidential Center; a member of the Board of Directors of New York Public Radio and City Year New York.
Mr. Bernstein is a graduate of Yale College (’74 summa cum laude) and Yale Law School (’77), where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Currently, he serves as a member of the Yale University Council, and the Yale Corporation Committee on Honorary Degrees.