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 between 17th and 23rd Streets along Manhattan’s Hudson River. He is also Co-Chairman of Chelsea Piers Connecticut, a 450,000 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 President George W. Bush.
Mr. Bernstein has been actively involved in a number of pro bono activities. In September of 2010, Mr. Bernstein was appointed Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C by President Barack Obama, where he has served as a council member, member of the Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Committee on Conscience since his appointment by President Bush in 2002. In January 2010, Mr. Bernstein was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Cities of Service, formed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mr. Bernstein also serves as Chair of the Partnership for Public Service, Vice-Chair of Human Rights First, and is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Bernstein is also a member of the Board of Directors of several other non-profit organizations, including WNYC Radio (New York’s public radio stations), The Fresh Air Fund, 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. Mr. Bernstein serves as a member of the Yale University Council. In 1989, Mr. Bernstein helped launch the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. In 1997, he helped establish the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowships in International Human Rights at Yale Law School. Mr. Bernstein is married to Andrea E. Bernstein. They are the parents of three young adults: Sam (Yale 2014), Lee (Brown 2015), and Will (Yale 2018).