For Laurie-Anne Sayles, public service was seemingly inevitable. Her parents, both public servants in their own right, migrated to the United States from Jamaica in search of the American dream for their family. Her father Perry, is a Registered Oncology Nurse and retired Sergeant having served in the US Army for over 20 years. Her mother Hilda, a retired social worker, was an active MCGEO union member during her 30 years as an employee of Montgomery County’s Department of Health & Human Services.
Prior to being elected to the Gaithersburg City Council, Laurie-Anne served on several county and community advisory boards. Appointed by the County Executive, she served on the Montgomery County Community Action Board, the City of Gaithersburg Economic & Business Development Committee and the City’s Education Enrichment Committee. Councilmember Sayles also served on the MCPS Roundtable on Gaithersburg Cluster Overcrowding. In 2016, Sayles was selected from a competitive pool of applicants to join the year long Leadership Montgomery-CORE program.
Sayles continues to be a proponent of civic engagement. She founded the Gaithersburg/Upcounty Breakfast club, designed to bring together industry leaders, elected officials and residents to network and discuss ideas and concerns unique to the Gaithersburg/Upcounty community.
On November 7, 2017, Laurie-Anne Sayles became the first African-American ever elected to the Gaithersburg City Council. She currently serves as the Mayor & City Council liaison to the Senior Advisory Committee/Benjamin Gaither Center and Friends of Wells/Robertson House, where she is tasked with facilitating a close working relationship between the Council and our seniors and retirees, senior activity centers and villages and those struggling with chronic addiction and homelessness.
Following her historic election to the Gaithersburg City Council, Councilmember Sayles was appointed to the Community and Economic Development Federal Advocacy Committee of the National League of Cities (NLC), and the Chesapeake Bay & Water Resources Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. In 2018, Councilmember Sayles was honored as one of The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland. Continuing her steadfast commitment to the community, Councilmember Sayles will help provide strategic direction & guidance for NLC’s federal advocacy, governance & membership activities as the incoming Chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee. After joining the NLC Board of Directors, Councilmember Sayles automatically becomes a member of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) Board of Directors, where she actively serves in a variety of leadership roles. Councilmember Sayles was appointed to the MML Legislative Committee earlier this year, after being elected by her Montgomery County MML peers to serve as the chapter Vice President.
Councilmember Sayles earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore. During her graduate studies, Sayles was selected for the highly competitive Schaefer Center Graduate Fellowship, to research and analyze public policy at every level of government. Sayles also holds a Bachelor's in Public Health from the University of Maryland, College Park. Councilmember Sayles is a long-time member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Rockville, MD and Political Action Chair for the Black Ministers Conference of Montgomery County. Councilmember Sayles lives in Gaithersburg with her husband, daughter, and their rescue dogs.
Laurie-Anne, Mikaylah, & Julian