Statement on the Passing of San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee
Dec. 12, 2017 – “San Francisco Travel and the city’s tourism industry have lost a tremendous leader and ally with the passing of San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel.
"We will miss his leadership and commitment to our city and mourn his loss with his wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, many friends and fellow San Franciscans.
“As a son of immigrant parents, he had a deep appreciation of the city’s diversity and never wavered in support of our values. He recently accompanied us on missions to Mexico and China and at every opportunity reassured travelers that whatever obstacles arise, San Francisco will always welcome all visitors.
“Mayor Lee was a strong advocate for tourism and the visitor experience. Wherever he traveled – often alongside members of our industry – he represented San Francisco as a destination that invites the world.
“His many accomplishments ran the gamut from bringing Super Bowl 50 to San Francisco in 2016 to the expansion of The Moscone Center. His legacy includes development of the Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors, developing Navigation Centers for the homeless and creating the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. A few years ago he dubbed San Francisco ‘the capital of innovation’ and he worked diligently to nurture and attract tech giants and make San Francisco a biotech hub.
“His dedication, support, and love of our city will be greatly missed,” D’Alessandro said.
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