"The Nicotra Group cares deeply about our Community and we invest in our Borough. Gifting our time and talent to this project is another way to show how we LOVE Staten Island."

Cheif Operating Officer | The Nicotra Group


expert in event design, fundraising/development, media and community relations, real estate and hospitality.

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Kristine Garlisi supports the vision that entrepreneurs Lois and Richard Nicotra have for their community, companies, team members and their Nicotra Foundation. The Nicotra Group is Staten Island’s largest private real estate developer and premiere hospitality organization.


Kristine is the Chief Operating Officer for The Nicotra Group and Executive Director for The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation. She enjoys working with the Nicotras, their team, tenants, guests, and the local community to launch programs that enhance the work and celebrations at the Nicotras' Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and within the 415-acre Corporate Park of Staten Island. She was formerly the Nicotras’ Chief of Staff, a position created for her – as was her current role.


She supports special projects, like the Nicotras' vision for the development of Corporate Commons Three, the most expansive development in the Nicotras' portfolio. Corporate Commons Three, a 330,000 sf Class A Silver LEED certified office building features a Rooftop Organic Garden, an Outdoor Classroom and Walkway, and a second social enterprise eatery, Pienza Brick Oven Pizza Café, that will build on the success of the Nicotras' first social enterprise eatery, the COMMONS café.


At the COMMONS cafè, which the Nicotras gifted $1.6MM to build, the Nicotras give 100% of the profits to the Staten Island community in the form of grants to Staten Island based nonprofits as well as scholarships to their employees' children and grandchildren for higher education expenses. The Nicotras have gifted more than $1MM since 2011.


Kristine is a double alumna of St. John’s University, graduating first in her class from the Staten Island campus with an undergraduate degree in Communications. She earned a Master’s degree in Government & Politics and a Certificate in Public Administration from the Queens campus while serving as the Assistant Dean for Student Life. She served as an adjunct professor at St. John's University for more than a decade and worked at St. John’s as an administrator, first in Student Affairs and then as the Major Gift Officer and Director of Development and Institutional Advancement for the University’s Staten Island campus.


Kristine is experienced in event design, academic program planning and administration, fundraising/development, media and community relations, social media management, project management, human resources, real estate and hospitality. She serves as spokesperson for the Nicotras' hotels, Nicotra's Ballroom, Above, Lorenzo's Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret, The Nicotra Group, and The Nicotra Foundation. She co-founded a group called LOVE Staten Island as an extension of the Nicotras’ community building efforts – the Facebook group is local in focus and gained nearly 8,000 highly engaged members in 2 years.


Married to Roy, an Emmy Award winning Editor at World News Tonight with David Muir, Kristine is the mother of two daughters, Grace and Katherine. She has volunteered extensively at her daughters’ schools, serving on the Executive Board of every school they’ve attended and launching two social media programs to engage other parents to lend their time and talents to the schools. She is Co-Chair of the Family Association Board at St. Joseph by-the-Sea, and serves on the Board of The Bloomfield Conservancy, the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the St. Paul’s School of Nursing.