A New Chapter Begins: Honored to Serve as Centro Board Chair

Trish DeBerry Shares Her Vision for Downtown Development and Transformation

I am humbled and grateful to share some exciting news with all of you. I have been appointed  the new Board Chair of Centro San Antonio. This marks my second tour of duty in this role,  and I could not be happier to be back and have the opportunity to serve and lead this remarkable organization.

While I relish the opportunity to take on this role, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that the shoes I am filling are very large ones thanks to the remarkable work started by my predecessor, Rene Garcia with DreamOn Development.  I worked closely with Rene for the past seven years at Centro as a fellow board member,  and I know how thrilled he was to be appointed 2023 Board Chairman. 

Rene took over the reins in January and had big plans for Centro, but sadly passed away in April.  We continue to mourn this devastating loss, but will also ensure his memory lives on in a meaningful way through the work that we dive into daily, as well as a memorial tribute we plan to execute in the near future. 

 I want to express my deepest appreciation to the Centro San Antonio Board for entrusting me with this role. Together, we will embark on an exciting chapter dedicated to the growth and revitalization of the center city. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to witness the transformative power of collaborative efforts and community-driven initiatives. I firmly believe that our downtown core should not only be the heart of our city, but also a vibrant and inclusive reflection of its diverse community.

My vision for Centro San Antonio is centered around three fundamental pillars: community engagement, economic vitality, and creative placemaking. By fostering meaningful connections with all stakeholders, including residents, business owners, and local organizations, we will ensure that our collective voices shape the future of downtown.

Economic vitality is crucial for the sustainable growth of our city. Together with the Centro team, I will explore innovative strategies to attract investment, support small businesses, and create opportunities for entrepreneurs. By cultivating a thriving economic ecosystem, we can unlock the full potential of our downtown area.

Creative placemaking lies at the core of building a vibrant and culturally rich downtown. We will collaborate with artists, architects, and urban planners to create public spaces that inspire and bring people together. Through engaging events and the integration of public art, we will transform our city center into a place that truly reflects the spirit and identity of San Antonio. In fact, you may have  already seen the amazing murals that are being incorporated throughout downtown.

I firmly believe that inclusive and sustainable growth is within our reach. Together, we will elevate Centro San Antonio’s role as a catalyst for positive change, enhancing the quality of life for all residents and visitors alike.

I invite each and every one of you to join us on this transformative journey. Together, we will shape a downtown that reflects the dreams and aspirations of our vibrant community. Keep an eye out for exciting updates and opportunities to get involved – the first one being the State of Downtown Breakfast on May 16th. I  hope to see you there.

Let’s build a downtown that we are proud to call home—a place where creativity thrives, economic opportunities flourish, and a sense of belonging unites us all.  I am incredibly excited to be Centro’s Board Chair, and I am confident that our collective efforts will lead to a remarkable future for San Antonio.

With immense gratitude,

Trish DeBerry
Board Chair, Centro San Antonio


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