Statue of Liberty


Executive Team

President & Chief Executive Officer

Stephen A. Briganti

Stephen A. Briganti was chosen by Founding Chairman Lee Iacocca in 1982 to launch and manage The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. The organization’s original mission was to restore these two national monuments for their respective centennials, with Steve overseeing national fundraising and marketing initiatives, development of exhibitry, and all related construction projects.

Under Steve’s leadership, the Foundation has raised over $800 million – all from the private sector – making it one of the most successful public/private partnerships in U.S. history. Through its partnership with the National Park Service, the organization continues its mission to restore and preserve Lady Liberty and Ellis Island for future generations.

In addition to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island restoration projects, Steve led the development of the 220,000 square foot Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration; created the American Immigrant Wall of Honor program; established the American Family Immigration History Center; and spearheaded the Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island.

Throughout his career, Steve has received extensive recognition including ABC World News Tonight “Person of the Week”; the “Public Leadership in Preservation Award” from The New York Landmarks Conservancy; the “Leonardo da Vinci Award” from the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York; and numerous acknowledgments from the Foundation’s partner, the Department of the Interior/National Park Service. Steve is on the Board of Trustees of the American University of Rome.

All four of Steve’s grandparents were Ellis Island immigrants, as was his mother, making Steve a first-generation American.

SVP & Chief Operating Officer

Thomas Tolentino

As Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Tolentino leads strategic initiatives for operations, capital projects, and partnerships, including interfacing with the National Park Service and negotiating and managing all third-party contractors. He is closely involved with long-term planning as the Foundation continues its mission of restoring and preserving these two great American icons.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Tom provided IT services for Aton Pharma Inc., a subsidiary of Merck and Co., and also served as Director of IT for The New York Academy of Sciences. In this role, he concentrated on creating an initiative to grow the organization’s online and digital production and distribution capabilities, which were key to the Academy’s revenue strategy.

Tom is a first-generation Filipino American. His parents met at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. In 1964 his mother came to New York for her medical residency, with his father following the next year. They remained in the U.S. for job opportunities, not just for themselves but for their children.

VP & Chief Advancement Officer

Richard Flood

Richard Flood was selected to lead the Statue of Liberty Museum’s $100 million capital campaign, which included revitalizing the Foundation’s fundraising strategy by extensively expanding its donor base and establishing critical relationships with major donors. As Chief Advancement Officer, Rich is tasked with all organizational fundraising functions as well as overseeing the Public Affairs and Marketing teams, which include social media, direct response and email marketing, public relations, and website development.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Rich was Director of Marketing and Community Affairs at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was responsible for all marketing and advertising initiatives, as well as community relations, which included implementing an outreach effort to build the museum’s new space in New York’s Meatpacking District.

Rich is a first-generation American. His father’s family emigrated from Ireland in 1928, settling in City Island, New York.

Controller, Board Secretary

Jessica Barreto

As Controller, Jessica Barreto is a Certified Public Account with a background in financial and operational management. Jessica is responsible for managing finance, accounting, treasury, and compliance functions, working closely with the CEO, COO, and Board to ensure that the organization instills efficiencies and best practices. Prior to joining the Foundation, she spent more than a decade in the advertising world serving as Finance Director for some of the industry’s top global firms including Omnicom Media Group and WPP.

Jessica grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador.