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Leon F. Pinkett, III - District 7

410-347-0537 (fax)
100 Holliday Street
Suite 500
Baltimore, Maryland 21202


Councilmember's Bio:

Leon F. Pinkett III was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has dedicated the past 20 years to serving communities throughout the city, especially those in West Baltimore. 


Throughout his extensive career as a public servant in Baltimore City, Leon has proven experience in strengthening communities, community organizing and commercial development in urban centers.  He has a demonstrated work ethic that is founded on personal initiative and dedication to the families of Baltimore. On December 8, 2016, Councilman Pinkett was sworn in as a member of the Baltimore City Council representing the 7th District.


Prior to being elected to the City Council, Mr. Pinkett served three years as the Assistant Deputy Mayor for the Office of Economic and Neighborhood Development, where he shared oversight of several key city agencies with a focus on developing revitalization efforts to strengthen and support communities throughout Baltimore. 


Previous to his tenure in the Mayor’s Office, Councilman Pinkett was employed as a Sr. Economic Development Officer at the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC).  During his nine years at BDC, he was responsible for over 20 redevelopment projects, totaling more than $700 million of investment—including the Mondawmin Mall redevelopment, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, and the Shop Rite Grocery Store in Howard Park.  Recognizing how significant food access is to our community, Leon played a major role in the opening of eight (8) grocery stores in communities throughout the city.


On the Council, Councilman Pinkett serves as the Vice Chair of both the Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Transportation Committee.  In addition, he is a member of the Judiciary Committee, Land Use Committee, the Public Safety Committee, and the Education and Youth Committee.


Councilman Pinkett also serves on a variety of boards throughout the city, most notably the Waterfront Partnership Board and BARCO.  He also serves as a member on the Food Desert Retail Strategy Organization and Maryland Fresh Food Retail Taskforce, as well as being a regular participant at the International Council of Shopping Centers and a presenter at the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).


Leon is a devoted husband to his wife, Marika, and father of two children, Sydney (18) and Leon IV (14).  He and his family are active members of the Reservoir Hill community, where they have lived for the past 19 years.  He and his wife are members of New Harvest Ministries, located in Patterson Park, where he serves faithfully as Assistant Pastor.  Leon is a graduate of Guilford College (NC) where he received his undergraduate degree in Economics.


Committee Assignments:

Vice Chair, Budget and Appropriations
Vice Chair, Transportation
Member, Education and Youth
Member, Judiciary
Member, Land Use
Member, Public Safety