Erin Van Zee Selected for Greater Omaha Chamber’s Leadership Omaha Class 43

July 29, 2020

Van Zee joins a group of next-generation leaders dedicated to transforming their community and strengthening the region.

RDG Planning & Design and the Greater Omaha Chamber announced today that RDG Communications Director Erin Van Zee, APR will join Leadership Omaha Class 43, continuing a four-decades-plus tradition of strengthening the region through communication, awareness, leadership and motivation.

“We are proud to have Erin representing RDG as part of this year’s Leadership Omaha class. Our firm is committed to growing future generations of leaders, and we recognize the responsibility those with extraordinary skills have in crafting opportunities for all,” said RDG Principal Scott Crawford PLA, ASLA, LEED AP.

As the firm’s communications director, Van Zee oversees RDG’s global communications and PR strategies. A passionate believer in the power of community engagement and a strong advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, she also serves as vice president of the board of the Latino Center of the Midlands, as programming co-chair for the board of the Public Relations Society of America – Nebraska Chapter and is a regular reader for Radio Talking Book Network, an organization that provides human-voiced information to individuals who may be blind or visually impaired.

Van Zee with RDG Senior Partner Catrina Cook, IIDA, NCIDQ® , LEED AP.

“The need for community leadership is never-ending; and, great ideas are born when we bring remarkable leaders together,” said Liz Kerrigan, leadership strategist for the Greater Omaha Chamber. “We are honored to introduce Class 43 – a group of inspired leaders who are eager to strengthen and transform the community.”

As in the past, the class was selected by a committee of Leadership Omaha alumni and led by a Chamber board member. All honorees demonstrated community involvement and a strong vision for the future of Omaha. Following a virtual orientation on August 20, the class will spend the next 10 months focusing on community trusteeship, community awareness and leadership styles, ultimately joining a network of more than 1700 Leadership Omaha alumni.

Class members will participate in an opening retreat in September, as well as monthly, daylong seminars through June – experiences that will inform small group projects designed to push participants to translate their community education and leadership training into direct, positive impact. See the full LO 43 class here.


About Greater Omaha

Greater Omaha is a No. 1 ranked up-and-coming-tech hotspot and Time magazine’s 2017 No. 3 Most Up-and-Coming City in America. Recognized for its “We Don’t Coast” attitude, and named America’s No. 2 Best Small City, Greater Omaha is home to more than 30 communities and nearly 1 million people, with a youthful population (more than 40 percent are age 24 or younger), low cost of living and steady economic growth that outpaces the nation. Berkshire Hathaway, Mutual of Omaha, Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. and Union Pacific – all Fortune 500 companies – call Greater Omaha “home.”

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director