Marlee Pittman was born and raised in Mid City and has been an active advocate for the community for years. Currently serving on Mid City Merchants, Mid City Gras, and Forum 225's Board of Directors, on BRAC's Baton Rouge Quality of Place Committee, on the Capital Region's Bike/Ped Safety Coalition, as leader of the Mid City Committee, an alliance of Mid City neighborhoods, and as Mayor-President Broome's principal organizer behind Safe Hopeful Neighborhoods, she is a bridge between several community groups making the heart of the city better.
Her strong relationships with local partners and city leaders make her an invaluable part of many community development initiatives, while her marketing, strategic planning, and program management experience ensure the entire organization is more successful. She has proven herself as an expert on comprehensive community development strategies, often asked to teach nationally and locally on topics that include the history of housing segregation, urban planning, zoning, and corridor revitalization, funding affordable housing, and how to lead successful community engagement initiatives.
She graduated from Louisiana State University’s Ogden Honors College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science as a nationally recognized Truman Scholar before moving to Washington DC for a career in public policy. She returned to her hometown after the 2016 floods to work in disaster recovery and has since become an ardent supporter of all things Mid City.