Meet Councilmember Laurie-Anne Sayles

On November 7, 2017, Councilmember Sayles made history becoming the first Black person ever elected to the Gaithersburg City Council.  She was recently elected by her peers to serve as the Council Vice President for 2020 and currently serves as the Mayor & City Council liaison to the City's Senior Advisory Committee, tasked with facilitating a close working relationship between our seniors and retirees aging in place, in addition to our senior activity centers and villages.

 

For Council Vice President Laurie-Anne Sayles, public service was seemingly inevitable. Her parents, both public servants in their own right, immigrated to the United States from Jamaica in search of the American dream for their family.  Her father Perry, is a Retired Oncology Nurse and US Army Retiree. Her mother Hilda, a retired social worker, was also an active MCGEO Union member during her 30+ years with the Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services. 

Prior to being elected to the Gaithersburg City Council, Councilmember Sayles served on several county and city advisory boards. Appointed by the County Executive, she has served on the Montgomery County Community Action Board.  Appointed by the Mayor, she has served on the City of Gaithersburg Economic & Business Development Committee and the City’s Education Enrichment Committee. Councilmember Sayles was also appointed by the Superintendent to serve on the MCPS Roundtable on Gaithersburg Cluster Overcrowding. 

On November 7, 2017, Councilmember Sayles made history becoming the first Black person ever elected to the Gaithersburg City Council.  She was recently elected by her peers to serve as the Council Vice President for 2020 and currently serves as the Mayor & City Council liaison to the City's Senior Advisory Committee, tasked with facilitating a close working relationship between our seniors and retirees aging in place, in addition to our senior activity centers and villages.
 

Following her historic election to the Gaithersburg City Council, Councilmember Sayles was appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC)-Community and Economic Development Federal Advocacy Committee and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG)-Chesapeake Bay & Water Resources Policy Committee. Continuing her steadfast commitment to the community, Councilmember Sayles was appointed as the 2019 Chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee, providing strategic direction & guidance for NLC’s federal advocacy, governance & membership activities. Following a successful year as Chair, Councilmember Sayles was elected by her NLC peers to join their Board of Directors, for a two- year term. This year Councilmember Sayles is the incoming Vice Chair of the MWCOG Chesapeake Bay Policy Committee. Moreover, Councilmember Sayles is entering her third year as an appointed member of the Maryland Municipal League's (MML) Board of Directors as an NLC Liaison, Legislative Committee member, and serving her second term as Vice President of the MML Montgomery County Chapter.

Councilmember Sayles has many volunteer pursuits, including serving as the immediate past Editor of the shared Environmental newsletter for Seneca Creek Watershed Partners, the Muddy Branch Alliance, and Watts Branch Watershed Alliance. She added an environmental focus area to the newsletter that features interviews of local environmentalists. Councilmember Sayles was a recipient of the City of Gaithersburg Environmentalist of the Year award in 2017 and now serves as an Executive Board member leading advocacy efforts and community clean ups for our local watershed.  Councilmember Sayles continues to be a proponent of civic engagement. She founded the Gaithersburg/Upcounty Breakfast club, designed to convene industry leaders, elected officials and residents to network and discuss ideas and concerns unique to the Upcounty region. Given Councilmember Sayles record of accomplishments across the state of Maryland, Montgomery County, and the City of Gaithersburg, Councilmember Sayles was recognized with The Daily Record 2018 Top 100 Woman in Maryland award.

In addition to Councilmember Sayles extensive community work, she is currently working as a Government Contractor at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), providing IT Project Management and Business Analysis support to the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Office of New Drugs, performing essential public health duties by making sure safe and effective drugs are available to improve the health of people in the United States.

For Council Vice President Laurie-Anne Sayles, public service was seemingly inevitable. Her parents, both public servants in their own right, immigrated to the United States from Jamaica in search of the American dream for their family.  Her father Perry, is a Retired Oncology Nurse and US Army Retiree. Her mother Hilda, a retired social worker, was also an active MCGEO Union member during her 30+ years with the Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services. 

Prior to being elected to the Gaithersburg City Council, Councilmember Sayles served on several county and city advisory boards. Appointed by the County Executive, she has served on the Montgomery County Community Action Board.  Appointed by the Mayor, she has served on the City of Gaithersburg Economic & Business Development Committee and the City’s Education Enrichment Committee. Councilmember Sayles was also appointed by the Superintendent to serve on the MCPS Roundtable on Gaithersburg Cluster Overcrowding. 

Councilmember Laurie-Anne Sayles with her family, Mikaylah, & Julian

Councilmember Sayles holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2016, Councilmember Sayles was selected from a competitive pool of applicants to participate in the year long Leadership Montgomery-CORE program. Councilmember Sayles is a long-time member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Councilmember Sayles lives in Gaithersburg with her husband Julian, daughter Mikaylah, and their rescue dogs, Bella & Max.

 

By Authority: Friends of Laurie-Anne Sayles, Steven Schiavone, Treasurer

© 2016 Friends of Laurie-Anne Sayles

Friends of Laurie-Anne Sayles

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Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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