In 2019, Lauren McLean became the first woman ever elected to the office of Boise Mayor. Lauren works for a 21st-century Boise for everyone, powered by clean renewable energy, with shared prosperity across all neighborhoods, and a commitment to transparency and openness in government.
After graduating with honors from Notre Dame in 1997, Lauren married her high school sweetheart, Scott, and the two settled in Boise. In the middle of building a life and raising two children, Lauren jumped into politics and civic engagement work while earning her MPA in environmental policy from Boise State University. In 2001, Lauren led the historic Boise Foothills Open Space Campaign and successfully protected the Boise Foothills for future generations. In 2011, Lauren was appointed to Boise’s City Council, was twice re-elected, and selected by her peers to serve as Council President in 2017.
On the weekends, Lauren is an avid trail runner, backpacker, and skier. Most days she can be spotted running on Boise’s Foothills trails and biking to City Hall. Mayor McLean was confirmed by the Boise City Council as a CCDC Commissioner on March 3, 2020 for an unexpired term ending April 30, 2021. She had previously served a five-year term as CCDC Commissioner from 2011-2016, after being appointed by Mayor David Bieter and while serving on the Boise City Council. Lauren was reappointed by the Boise City Council on August 17, 2021, to a second five-year term ending April 2026.