Marla Y. Newman

Marla Y. Newman is Executive Director of the Louisiana Housing Alliance, in Baton Rouge, LA. She is responsible for the organization’s management, program development, and public policy initiatives. In 2011, Marla wrote the legislation that created the Louisiana Housing and Transportation Planning and Coordinating Commission, an advisory commission to the State’s housing finance agency, responsible for establishing Louisiana’s first statewide comprehensive housing plan.   

Marla has served as Director of Economic Development for two nonprofit housing organizations in Kansas City, MO, and as Program Officer with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).  Over the course of her 2-year tenure with one of the nonprofits, she managed day-to-day operations for redevelopment projects representing 750+ units of housing; and supported creation of over 150 LIHTC, HOME, and CDBG-funded housing units, 8,000 square feet of office and commercial space representing a direct investment of over $2.7 million and, along with infrastructure investments, generated $14+ million in economic activity. She also oversaw renewing the historic designation of one neighborhood, and managing the Section 106 review and environmental remediation of a former hospital which was slated for redevelopment as senior housing.

Marla is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Texas, and Alabama, certified by the National Development Council in Economic Development Finance and Housing Development Finance, and is a member of the American Planning Association. Marla is a former Commissioner of the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) in Baton Rouge, and is on the Board of Directors of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).

Marla obtained a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law and her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans. 

Marla Y. Newman Executive Director, Louisiana Housing Alliance

Marla Y. Newman

Executive Director, Louisiana Housing Alliance

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

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Housing & Community Design
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