Marlin’s professional career has been robust, spending the majority of his professional life in sales from 1994 to current, becoming an experienced communicator, learning the methods of conversation, and gathering an understanding of people. This, coupled with pursuing a life in ministry as a Protestant Minister, beginning his pursuits at the young age of 20, to his ordination to the Pastorate at age 34, has educated Marlin in leadership and service.
Marlin will work to give the residents and small business owners of Pittsburgh their voice back.
“I’m running because leadership is the resounding opportunity in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. I’m running because people have been forgotten, more specifically, I don’t want people forgotten, individual people forgotten,” said Marlin.
Marlin said we celebrate many things about Pittsburgh: The Pirates, Pens, Steelers, Bridges, Steel, Most Livable City, the Arts, our Culture, the Companies who are located here, homegrown organizations and things that are unique to Pittsburgh, but we are not talking about our next-door neighbor and what really makes Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh.
What really makes Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh are the residents, and its small business owners. Marlin believes it is time to highlight people, individuals, house by house, neighborhood by neighborhood. It is time to celebrate people. We are all too familiar with the problems that plague our communities our neighborhood, our block but no one is asking the questions, like “what does progress look like to you?”
Marlin wants to ask each individual resident what progress looks like to them. He wants to know what each person in the city needs to thrive. He will work to provide residents and small business owners with an environment of customizable solutions so that each household has access to platforms of quality and platforms of access, by which, he said, are launchpads to progress.
I am running so that “people can begin progress up and out, advancing up to a better quality of life, and out of dissatisfaction. That’s why I’m running, to inspire, to empower, to lift up, and to serve through helping you to define your standard and providing you with the resources to do that because Pittsburgh is about people. I’m running for each and every person’s desirable progress,” said Marlin. He is ready to work with each resident and small business owner to bring progress back to Pittsburgh.
“The individual residents and small business owners are what make Pittsburgh unique. One size fits all truly doesn’t fit all. The one size fits all ideologies do certainly not fit all because we are not addressing each. We have to stop trying to address all and start addressing each. The progress of each person is relevant to that person,” said Marlin.
Marlin also points out that he is running a gentlemen’s race. “My mother once said you don’t put someone else down to make you feel better about yourself. I’m not in this to tear down another candidate. This isn’t about them and it isn’t about me. This is about the residents of Pittsburgh and small businesses. Leadership isn’t about the leader, leadership is about the people that leader serves,” said Marlin.
His campaign is focused on the people of Pittsburgh, not his opponents. “My campaign is not about another candidate. I don’t have enemies in another person. Not another candidate or another person is my enemy. My enemy is homelessness. My enemy is poverty. My enemy is the social determinants of health, not another candidate. I’m letting my own light so shine because I trust it’s been given to me by divine influence,” said Marlin.
Marlin Woods is the Executive Chairman of BenefitsPLUS, where he provides overall leadership to enhance the firm’s effectiveness and performance. He also acts as an advisor to the team in developing strategy, builds the firm’s profile by establishing new corporate relationships, and fosters ethical and responsible decision-making while also overseeing and executing development plans.
Marlin serves as a Commissioner for the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission. As a Commissioner, one of seven appointed by the County Executive, he works to assure that all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry or place of birth, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, familial status, age or use of a guide or support animal because of blindness, deafness or physical disability are afforded equal opportunities for employment, housing and use of public accommodation facilities within the county.
Marlin serves as the Executive Leadership Development Chair for the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association Pittsburgh raises $4.5 million annually to impact the Greater Pittsburgh Community’s health. The AHA invests in hands-only CPR, lifesaving research, expanding community health programs focused on blood pressure management, increasing physical activity, and access to healthy food.
Serving as Board President for the Workplace Benefits Association Advisory Board (Conference Planning Committee), Marlin works to educate other benefits professionals on topics such as Direct primary care – its design and its rapid emergence as an alternative healthcare strategy, legislative updates and their ramifications, helping employees become better consumers of their benefits programs, and the potential impact of Medicare-For-All, among other topics.
Marlin also serves as a Mentor through the Pittsburgh Fellows Young Professional Leadership Development, a nine-month leadership program to form future leaders. Marlin’s work as a mentor includes providing an influential mentorship to create accountability, build moral character, and foster servant attitudes. He also helps prepare the Fellows to think strategically and theologically while integrating their faith into their work.
Marlin has a seat on the Community Advisory Board with the Pennsylvania State University Department of Health Policy, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “The Impact of Pittsburgh’s Innovative Mobility Vouchers and Mobility Counseling Program on Racial and Economic Equity.”
This project investigates the effects of HACP’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program on improving low-income, racial/ethnic minority access and the transition to opportunity-rich neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, focusing primarily on the role that landlords play in ensuring the success of these programs.
Marlin serves on the Board of Directors of Youth Enrichment Services (YES) a non-profit organization. YES has a mission of providing socially and economically at-risk youth the opportunity to achieve success through participation in mentorship, education, and enrichment programs; and a vision of seeking to empower communities to become their own best resource. YES believes that everyone matters – and that there are no throwaway kids.
Marlin has had many amazing mentors throughout his life that have helped to shape him into the leader he is today and continue to make an impact on his life.
Marlin has received a variety of awards that speak to his dedication, leadership, and ability to inspire the community.