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Marla Forbes is a real estate broker and economic development consultant. Her real estate practice focuses on Chicago's North Shore and Gold Coast neighborhoods. As a consultant working with CBD Marketing, Marla helps regional and statewide economic development agencies enhance their brand in a competitive marketplace. She is the former chairperson of Highland Park's Business and Economic Development Commission.
Previously, she was the chief marketing and communications officer at the State of Illinois' Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Marla is on the board of directors of A Red Orchid Theatre.