Leirion Gaylor Baird was sworn in as the 52nd mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska in May 2019. She previously served on the Lincoln City Council and Planning Commission. Throughout her career in elected office, she has prioritized support for parks and trails and the vibrant quality of life they grow. In 2019, she led the city’s successful effort to create a Community Challenge Grant for needed park renovation projects and in 2020 was a participant in the Mayors’ Institute on City Design.
Mayor Gaylor Baird began her professional career as a management consultant, helping Fortune 500 companies become more efficient. She has worked as a city budget and policy analyst and as the director of an innovative after-school and summer enrichment program designed to improve educational outcomes for children from low-income families. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and as Chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee. Mayor Gaylor Baird is a past recipient of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership.
She, her husband, and their three children enjoy playing the New York Times Spelling Bee game and watching all things in the Marvel multi-verse.