Nan Whaley


Dayton, OH

Nan’s career is distinguished by her commitment to public service, civic involvement and interest in local government. Nan was the youngest woman elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005. In 2013, she was elected Mayor of Dayton.

With a focus on jobs and workforce development, Nan is working with a diverse group of business partners to strategically position Dayton for growth. She is the founder of the Dayton Region Manufacturing Task Force; a regional effort committed to advocating for manufacturing and promoting a strong manufacturing workforce. In addition, she meets regularly with local business leadership, both individually and through her Mayor’s Business Round Table meetings.

Nan is committed to strengthening Dayton’s communities through thoughtful and strategic programming. She led the community in creating a county-wide landbank system to address the local housing crisis with a more regional approach and serves on the Montgomery County Landbank Board. As chair of the Bike Walk Dayton Committee, Nan strives for Dayton to become a Bicycle Friendly Community.

Mayor Whaley believes that strong neighborhoods and economic stability can only be achieved through a community-wide focus on education. Nan advocates to ensure that every student in Dayton attends a high performing school that prepares them for the opportunity to attend college, join the military or seek advanced training in a marketable job skill.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared


Like in many areas of the country, the City of Dayton and Montgomery County have not always worked together effectively to make government work faster, fill in gaps and improve customer service.


Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley has helped lead the effort to enter into the first ever City County Compact with Montgomery County to align priorities and leverage both government’s resources. Through the Compact, 5 specific initiatives have been chosen for 2014-2015, including projects in education, workforce development, public safety, criminal justice and environmental quality. By publicly declaring the Compact’s goals, the governments will be held accountable for measurable results.