Climate Action Summit

Marita Garrett

Mayor, Wilkinsburg, Pa.

Recently sworn in as the 10th mayor of Wilkinsburg, Pa., Marita Garrett previously served on Wilkinsburg Borough Council from 2014 to earlier this year. During her term on council, she started “Wilkinsburg Community Conversations,” an initiative to connect and empower residents to work together for neighborhood improvement, and co-founded CIVICALLY, a nonprofit that also houses the Free Store Wilkinsburg where donations of new and slightly used material goods are available to residents and families.

In addition to her civic duties, Mayor Garrett is the co-owner and managing partner of Admintrinsic, which provides a wide range of outreach and engagement services to small businesses, nonprofits, and mid-level corporations. She serves as the program trainer for Coro Pittsburgh’s Women in Leadership, 2017-2018 Cohort. Building on her mission of promoting women empowerment, she also co-hosts “Shattered Glass Podcast,” where stories of extraordinary women shattering glass ceilings in different fields are highlighted.

Mayor Garrett received a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in psychology from Chatham University, where she has been a panel speaker on several occasions for the Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics. She has been recognized for her 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, The Incline’s “Who’s Next in Politics,” the NAACP – Greater Pittsburgh chapter, and Pittsburgh City Paper. Most recently she was named “Young Democrat of the Year” by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.

Currently, Mayor Garrett serves as chair of the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) as well as on the board of Emerge Pennsylvania and the advisory boards of the Allegheny Regional Asset District and the New Leaders Council – Pittsburgh chapter.

Past Conferences