Sep 15, 2021 7:30 AM
Laurie-Ann Sayles

On November 7, 2017, Councilmember Laurie-Anne Sayles became the first Black/African-
American elected to the Gaithersburg City Council and completed her year-long term as the
Council Vice President in 2020. Following her historic election, Councilmember Sayles was
appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) Community and Economic Development (CED)
Federal Advocacy Committee. After serving one year as a member of the CED committee,
Councilmember Sayles was appointed to serve as the 2019 Chair of the CED Committee,
providing strategic direction & guidance for NLC’s federal advocacy agenda, governance, and
membership activities. Councilmember Sayles concluded her year as Chair by hosting municipal
leaders from across the country for the CED Committee's Annual Fall Policy meeting in the City
of Gaithersburg, which included private meetings with the Director of the Department of
Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and Senior Leaders, and lunch with a keynote by U.S.
Senator Chris Van Hollen, among other notable guests. Following a successful year as Chair,
Councilmember Sayles was elected by her peers to join the NLCs Board of Directors, for a twoyear
term. Moreover, Councilmember Sayles was appointed to the Transportation &
Infrastructure Services (TIS) Committee, re-appointed as the NBC-LEO Region 3 Director, and the
2nd Vice-Chair of Women in Municipal Government (WIMG). Last year, Councilmember Sayles
was the recipient of the 2020 WIMG Leadership Award, recognizing elected leaders advocating
for increased female representation & serving as a role model for future leaders.