Leirion Gaylor Baird is the Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska. She was elected in May 2019.She was previously elected to the Lincoln City Council in May 2013 and was re-elected to a second term in May 2017. Prior to her election to City Council, Leirion was a Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Commissioner and helped produce the 2040 Comprehensive Plan — the strategic roadmap for Lincoln’s long-term growth and development. These experiences deepened her commitment to smart, sustainable urban growth that promotes economic opportunity and enhances our health, safety, and quality of life.
Leirion 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.