Leon Pinkett, III, is leading BARCO as executive director. Cortesy photo.

A former Baltimore city councilman has a new role leading an organization creating space for the city’s artists and makers.

Baltimore Arts Realty Corp. (BARCO) named Leon Pinkett, III, as its new executive director. BARCO is a nonprofit real estate development corporation that owns and oversees spaces including the Station North makerspace Open Works and art center Motor House. Pinkett has served on the organization’s board for four years. He will now lead administration, strategy and real estate projects at the organization, which has a staff of six people.

“His experience working on transformational real estate developments and projects, his ability to unite various people and groups, and his commitment to strengthen Baltimore at the community level make him the ideal leader for BARCO going forward,” BARCO Managing Director Laurens “Mac” MacLure said in a statement.

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Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.