Ms. Christian L. Pulley is the first African American to hold the position of City Administrator in the history of City of Laurel! She is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and began her tenure with the City in 2008. She has held several positions in the Economic and Community Development Department, including Director. In her most recent role as Deputy City Administrator, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City.
Prior to joining the City of Laurel, Ms. Pulley worked as an Outreach Associate with the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) in Washington, DC. In this role, she worked with Coalition members in 16 states and the District of Columbia on membership matters and affordable housing policy.
Ms. Pulley is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education, Leadership Maryland and the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. She also holds a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Morgan State University, as well as a BA in Urban Studies from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Ms. Pulley is an active member of Leadership Maryland, the Inter City County Management Association (ICMA) and American Planning Association (APA).
Ms. Pulley is a New Jersey native, who loves to travel and attend live musical performances in her free time. She considers Laurel a growing city, with a small-town feel.