Marianne Navarro, AICP
Special Assistant for Economic Development
Mayor’s Office of Strategic Alliances
When Marianne Navarro watches a local business benefit from a relocated streetlight or helps a family apply to receive free college tuition at Baltimore City Community College, she sees her work come to life.
Navarro is a professional urban planner with a focus on economic and community development. She created the Baltimore City Anchor Plan a program and initiative that focused on collaborating with anchor institutions such as universities, along with nonprofit and community partners to revitalize Baltimore neighborhoods and promote economic opportunity.
The local community recognized the program for its impact in central Baltimore in 2017, and it was included in the 2016 State of the City address by then-Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as a key component for economic development strategy.
It has evolved and is now integrated into the city’s community and economic development initiatives under Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, such as quarterly meetings on the topic between the mayor and higher education presidents.
“As a public sector professional, I have always been inspired to work diligently on behalf of the public and taxpayer to make public resources and services work for communities and Baltimore City as a whole despite bureaucratic challenges,” Navarro said.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Children Foundation, which works for every child in Baltimore to have access to extracurricular activities. She is also a girl scout troop leader for her daughter’s troop in South Baltimore.
Navorro earned a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and is working on a Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University. She also has a bachelor’s from Towson University.