Jake Day is the Mayor of Salisbury, Maryland. Born and raised in Salisbury, he was first elected City Council President at the age of 30. Elected Mayor in 2015, he was reelected in 2019 with 87% of the vote. Under Jake’s leadership, Salisbury has established a Housing First program to reduce chronic homelessness, opened its first youth community centers and recreation programs, borne witness to Maryland’s fastest declining rate of opioid overdoses and the fastest dropping crime rate of any US city in the last decade. The renaissance of Downtown Salisbury along with the selection of Salisbury as 2018-2020 host city of America’s oldest and largest traditional music and arts festival – the National Folk Festival, helped Salisbury to become Maryland’s fastest growing city and America’s 7th fastest growing job market. As Mayor, Jake completely reorganized Salisbury government, restoring employee morale, customer service, efficiency and transparency.
Jake has spent his career revitalizing downtowns and making them more vibrant, livable places. He served as founding Director of the Center for Towns – a community design and engagement program serving the towns of the Eastern Shore. Jake served as national President of the American Institute of Architecture Students and Editor-in-Chief of CRIT, a journal of architecture.
Jake is a fellow of the Next American Vanguard, Leadership Maryland, the Mayor’s Institute on City Design and a member of the Smart Growth America Local Leaders Council. A Richard Upjohn Fellow, he previously served as a director on the American Institute of Architects National Board of Directors. Jake has been honored with the 2018 Entrepreneurial American Leader Award by Partners for Livable Communities, 2 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards for Leadership, and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters’ 2018 President Theodore Roosevelt Award.
Jake earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland, a Master’s degree in Urban Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Oxford University where he graduated with distinction for his dissertation on the American lawn.
Jake is a Captain in the Maryland Army National Guard, currently serving as an Information Operations Officer in the 110th IO Battalion. He previously served as Senior TAC Officer at the Officer Candidate School, a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the 1-158th Cavalry Regiment of the 58th Battlefield Surveillence Brigade and as Aide-de-Camp to BG Peter C. Hinz, The Commander of the Maryland Army National Guard. Jake is a Cavalry Officer and graduate of Information Operations Qualification Course, Platoon Trainer Qualification Course, Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, Armor Basic Officer Leader’s Course, Officer Candidate School and Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, GA.
Jake is the lucky husband to Liz and the proud daddy to his sweethearts: Lilly and Olivia.