Councilmember Gaylord was born and raised in Raleigh. He is a proud graduate of Aldert Root and Hunter Elementary Schools, Ligon Middle School, and Broughton High School. He received his undergraduate and MBA degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Ashley, have a daughter, Gigi, twin boys, Mont and Demetri, and a dog named Tiger.
In October 2015, he was re-elected and began serving his fourth term as a member of the Raleigh City Council.
Since 2004, he has worked for Kane Realty Corporation, currently serving as Managing Director of Operations.
When asked how Raleigh has changed since he has been in office, Mr. Gaylord stated, "Raleigh has continued to grow in prominence at a national level. Our Comprehensive Plan has been updated, our new Unified Development Ordinance is in full swing, and we have continued to work to manage our growth using international best practices.
"We have continued to protect neighborhoods, provide bicycling and pedestrian facilities, protect our environment, provide adequate clean water, promote transit, create jobs, provide for the arts, provide public safety and promote business, all while fighting to keep taxes low," he said.
"I believe we need to manage growth in a thoughtful, comprehensive way," Mr. Gaylord said. "We must continue to improve our roads, provide more transportation choices, and work closely with neighboring cities and towns to plan for growth and find innovative solutions to our transportation challenges."
"As someone who grew up in Raleigh, I have a strong desire to build and maintain vibrant, safe, and healthy neighborhoods," Mr. Gaylord said. "In order to keep our quality of life and property values high, we need safe, walkable communities with greenways, parks, and gathering places that are useable amenities.
"Making government more efficient is important and we must cut through the red tape of the government, examine all of our city departments for redundancy and implement effective employee review processes," he said.
- Growth and Natural Resources Committee
- Economic Development and Innovation Committee
Beyond Mr. Gaylord's service on the City Council, his passion for a better Raleigh has driven him to become involved in a wide variety of civic and business organizations including:
- Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina
- Board of Directors, Triangle Commuter Bicycle Initiative
- Member, North Carolina Home Builder’s Association
- Board of Directors, Raleigh Merchants Association and Shop Local Raleigh
- Volunteer, First Baptist Church 21st Century After School Program
- Member, Facility Design Team, Vintage21 Church
- City Council representative for the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Graduate, ULI Partnership Forum
- Friday Fellow, William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations
- Transportation for America
- Advocates for Health in Action
- Wake Transit Advisory Committee