The board and staff of Regional Plan Association mark with great sadness the passing of Elizabeth Berger, our colleague and friend at the Alliance for Downtown New York. As president and chief executive of the Alliance and president of the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association, she was the heart and soul of downtown.
Liz was a tremendous advocate for Lower Manhattan. Her passion and intellect drove her to look beyond simple answers, and to search for the root causes of the challenges facing her community. While she always kept her focus on Lower Manhattan, where she lived and worked and to which she felt so passionately loyal, she also saw the connections and opportunities to create a better city and region.
"Liz pushed us to create a better, more vibrant city," said RPA Executive Director Thomas K. Wright. "Liz had extraordinary vision, and her ideas and inspiration found their way into the plans and priorities of the DLMA, RPA, and many other civic and advocacy organizations."
All of us at RPA mourn the passing of a great civic leader and friend. The region is a smaller place without her.