MARITA GARRETT • Delivering Results for Our Community
One of the things that attracted me to Wilkinsburg was how it reminded me of my hometown Akron, Ohio. The landscape, the homes, and the strong sense of community. As one of my former classmates, LeBron James, says, "In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.”
That is the absolute truth. I have worked hard for everything that I have. Nothing has ever been handed to me. With my work ethic and determination, I aim to be a champion for our community to be self-reliant and secure.
Thank you to everyone who supported and elected me to serve as the 10th Mayor of Wilkinsburg. With the movement occurring here in the Borough, I will continue as an advocate to make sure our voices are being represented at all levels; we need a determined person to proactively bring resources to our community – I know I am that person.
Your continued support has been instrumental in making sure I am representing the voices of the residents and we will continue to move Wilkinsburg forward.
Let's continue moving forward - together.
• ADMINTRINSIC, Partner/Lead Outreach Consultant
• Founder & President, Civically, Inc.
• Psychology, Master of Arts, Chatham University
• Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
• National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)
• Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues,
American Psychological Association
Mayor Garrett has been awarded the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater PA Chapter’s Community “Outreach Volunteer of the Year” and named a “Rising African American Leader” by the African American Alumni Council at the University of Pittsburgh. Twice, she has been honored with a “40 Under 40 Award" by Pittsburgh Magazine and New Pittsburgh Courier respectively.
Most recently, she was awarded "Young Democrat of the Year" by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.
#Better All Over
Not the "next best thing" or "up and coming", rather a Wilkinsburg that is a better and improved version of itself ...
We have the resiliency to rise up from a previous disadvantaged status that may have temporarily disabled us, but it doesn’t define us.
My vision is for a healthy and thriving Wilkinsburg, in every sense of those words, for all residents to enjoy. A Borough with equitable access to quality food markets, a walkable and greener Borough. On each corner there is a successful small business, youths are playing in our parks while we sit on the benches next to them conversing with our neighbors.
A neighborhood where we all know and interact peacefully, not based on Wards or which part of the Borough one may live. A community where no one is living next to a row of boarded up homes. A place where trash doesn’t overflow on the main streets.
We are and will be that community.
That is my vision.