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Marita Garrett

Wilkinsburg, PA

Recently, elected as the 10th Mayor of Wilkinsburg, PA. Marita Garrett served on Wilkinsburg Borough Council from 2014-2018.

During her term on Council, Marita Garrett started "Wilkinsburg Community Conversations", an initiative to connect and empower residents to work together for neighborhood improvement, co-founded the Free Store Wilkinsburg -where donations of new and slightly used material goods are available to residents and families; and was elected Vice-President of Council, where she served as Chair of the Borough's Social Media & Promotions Committee and sat on the Capital Planning & Public Safety Committees.

Ms. Garrett is the co-owner and managing partner of Admintrinsic, which provides a wide range of outreach and engagement services to small businesses, non-profits, and mid-level corporations. She has successfully coordinated small business educational events, 2016 Vacant Home Tour with the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC), consulted on a research study at Carnegie Mellon University among other outreach programming. Currently, she also serves as the Program Trainer for Coro Pittsburgh's Women in Leadership, 2017-2018 Cohort.

Building on her mission of promoting women empowerment, Marita is also the co-host of Shattered Glass Podcast, where stories of extraordinary women shattering the glass ceiling are highlighted.

Ms. Garrett received a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh where she was employed as outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center for 7 years - starting there as a senior intern. She continued in Psychology receiving a Master's from Chatham University and has been a panel speaker on several occasions for the Center for Women and Politics. She has been recognized for her diligence in civic and community engagement by numerous organizations and media outlets such as the University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council, Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 Under 40, City Paper, The Incline's "Who's Next in Politics", NAACP -- Greater Pittsburgh chapter, and most recently named, "Young Democrat of the Year" from the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.

Currently, she serves as Chair of the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) as well as on the advisory boards for Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) Advisory Board, National Leaders Council - Pittsburgh chapter, and Emerge Pennsylvania.