PITTSBURGH, PA (December 18, 2019) Mayor William Peduto today named Marty LaMar, a nationally-recognized development and affordable housing expert, as the City’s Chief Economic Development Officer.
LaMar was lately the regional vice president for McCormack Baron Management and previously served as president and CEO of the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority in Toledo; as senior vice president - policy and planning, and director of resident development for the Philadelphia Housing Authority; and director – strategic policy, real estate development and regulatory affairs for the Atlanta Housing Authority.
In his new role LaMar will coordinate work by the Departments of City Planning and Permits, Licenses and Inspections; the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh; the Pittsburgh Land Bank; and the new leadership team at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.
“Marty is just the right person to help us re-focus our development efforts on affordable housing, Main Street streetface improvements and neighborhood revitalization citywide,” Mayor Peduto said. “He will bring years of experience, a national perspective and best practices to this critical work in Pittsburgh.”
“I am very proud and honored to serve Pittsburgh, a city I love and now call home,” LaMar said. “I sincerely thank Mayor Peduto for the opportunity grow the city’s economy and bring more opportunities to Pittsburgh.”
LaMar has two Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Social Work from the University of Washington-Seattle in 2007; a Master’s in Business Administration from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia in 2002; and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama in 1996.
He begins work with the City on January 6.
Photo: Marty LaMar