Get to Know Leon
Hi, my name is Leon Pinkett.
I am a Democrat running to represent you on the Baltimore City Council. Born and raised in Baltimore, I have dedicated my life to working for our City. My wife Marika and I have lived in Reservoir Hill for 16 years. We are committed to giving our children, Sydney and Leon, a better future.
I am a community leader, an assistant pastor, and a project manager for the City of Baltimore. In my role with city government, I have worked directly with businesses that have brought millions of dollars in construction and development. On the City Council, I will bring those resources and energy to our community.
- residents should feel safe in their neighborhood and enjoy a cleaner city
- families should have access to steady, local jobs that pay the bills
- kids deserve a good education in a nurturing environment
I’m proud to call Baltimore City home, and I’m ready to get to work.
- Promote public safety through enhanced crime prevention efforts (community-police partnerships, upgraded lighting and installation of cameras) and improved emergency response.
- Develop and implement pre-booking diversion program as an alternative for minor drug arrests, in order to connect offenders with treatment, employment and housing services.
- The percentage of 7th District residents living in a food desert is almost twice the city average. Over 7,000 of those residents are either children or seniors. As a result residents of the 7th District are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, more likely to be obese, and more likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure. We will develop incentives to attract and retain supermarkets while identifying development sites that target the greatest number of 7th District residents.
Jobs & Economy
- Provide financial incentives for businesses and firms that locate, hire, or expand in underserved areas.
- Identify and create financial incentives to support the development of small business and entrepreneurs.
- Create development opportunities to attract investment, especially in the areas of information technology, health sciences and innovation.
- Promote and expand employment training in information technology, health and bioscience, and advanced manufacturing.
Education & Schools
- Support each school in its efforts to become a Community School that promotes student achievement, positive conditions for learning, and the overall well-being of families and communities.
- Work with principals and school administrators to identify financial, technical and human capital resources to improve academics, enrichment activities, health care and social supports, family engagement and youth and community development in each school.
- Expand technology-based education opportunities for youth in schools, libraries, and community-based programs.
- Expand art programs and recreational and afterschool activities for youth in the schools and community.
- Assistant Deputy Mayor, Mayor’s Office of Economic and Neighborhood Development
- Mayor’s Office Representative on the Baltimore City Planning Commission
- Baltimore Hilton Hotel, Board Member
- Innovation Village, Steering Committee
- Leveraging Investments in Neighborhood Corridors, Director
- Clean Corps Baltimore, Key Contributor
- Baltimore Energy Initiative, Key Contributor
- Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), West Team Director
- Oversaw redevelopment activities for over 20 projects totaling more than $700 million of investment
- Project Manager for $80 million redevelopment of Mondawmin Mall
- Key member of team responsible for city-wide effort to eliminate food deserts in Baltimore City
- Food Desert Retail Strategy and Maryland Fresh Food Retail Taskforce, Committee Member
- Managed the recruitment process and opening of eight (8) new grocery stores: including Shopper’s at Mondawmin Mall, Howard Park Shop Rite, and Save A Lot groceries on Pennsylvania Avenue, Coldspring Lane and Walbrook Shopping Center
- Project Manager for Heritage Award winning Pennsylvania Avenue Façade Project and Arch Social Club Façade Preservation
- Presenter and panelists to the Urban Land Institute (ULI)
- Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Roundtable, Presenter
- Chief of Staff, Office of Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr.(1997-2005)
- Born and raised in Baltimore
- Married (15 years) to Marika with two children, Sydney (14) and Leon, IV (10)
- Graduate of Guilford College, Greensboro, NC (1993)
- Resident of Reservoir Hill (16 years)
- Assistant Pastor, New Harvest Ministries, Baltimore, MD
- Board Member and Coach, Roland Park Baseball League
- Reservoir Hill Improvement Council (RHIC), Past Board Member
- Upper Eutaw Madison Neighborhood Association, Member