Marla Y. Newman

Marla Y. Newman, a veteran Louisiana fair-housing advocate, has been named Winston-Salem’s next community development director. She will assume her duties December 1 at the conclusion of the service of D. Ritchie Brooks, who is retiring.
Newman has nearly twenty years of housing and community development experience and most recently served as executive director of the Louisiana Housing Alliance. She also has worked for the Housing and Economic Development Financial Corporation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
“I am honored to have been offered this opportunity and I am eager to help improve the quality of life for all citizens,” Newman said.
Newman has a bachelor’s degree from Bishop College, a law degree from the University of Texas Law School, and a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans.
“After careful deliberation of all aspects of the director’s job, Marla is the best person to assume this major responsibility for our community, and I believe that she will bring passion and innovation to the position,” City Manager Lee Garrity said.
Newman has two daughters and two sons, and her oldest son attended N.C. State University and graduated from UNC Asheville. She is a member of the Church of Christ, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the American Planning Association, and the Urban Land Institute. She also serves on the boards of directors for the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations and the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Her annual salary will be $125,000.


Patrice Toney

Toney Completes Program at
UNC School of Government

Patrice Toney, the budget and evaluation director for the city of Winston-Salem, has successfully completed the two-week Leading for Results course at the UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill as a Local Government Federal Credit Union Fellow. Toney was among the fifty people throughout North Carolina selected in a competitive process from among 135 applicants to the program.