Mayor Lauren McLean is the 56th mayor of Boise. She is the first elected female Mayor in the city's 150-year history.
Lauren was born in Boston, Massachusetts and spent her formative years in Houston, Texas, and Cazenovia, New York. She attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating with honors in 1997. While at Notre Dame, Lauren participated in the Center for Social Concerns, leading and developing community engagement and social justice seminars for students. Lauren studied her sophomore year in Angers, France at l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest. She earned a Master of Public Administration from Boise State University as the first Carl Burke Fellow.
Lauren moved to Boise, Idaho shortly after graduating from Notre Dame and marrying her high school sweetheart, Scott.
Public service has been an integral part of Lauren’s career and personal life. In 2001, she led the historic Boise Foothills Open Space Levy campaign and, along with hundreds of dedicated volunteers, secured protection of the Boise Foothills for future generations. Lauren served on Boise City Council from 2011-2019, and served as Council President from 2017-2019. During her time on City Council she led the effort to pass Boise's 100% Clean Energy Plan.
Three months into her first term as the Mayor of Boise, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Despite the very real challenges brought on by the virus, she continues to lead boldly, with the community at the forefront of every decision.
As Mayor, she has led the fight against climate change, setting ambitious goals to lead the city into an environmentally and economically resilient future. Her vision is to create a city that is truly for everyone – one that offers equitable access to housing, living wage jobs, transportation, and a seat at the table for residents when decisions about the future of Boise are being made.
Lauren currently serves on the Board of Governors at the Andrus Center at Boise State University. She has been recognized as one of the nation's most promising young political leaders by the Aspen Institute and New Deal Leaders. She was selected to participate in the 2020 Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative on Economic Recovery.
Lauren and Scott are parents to Madeleine and Aiden. She is an avid trail runner, outdoorswoman, and reader. In her free time, she and her family love to explore Idaho's beautiful backcountry by foot or by ski.