Jake Day is the 28th Mayor of Salisbury, Maryland. Born and raised here, he was first elected to City Council at the age of 30, unanimously elected President and later elected Mayor. His tenure as Mayor is marked by the fastest drop in crime in any City in America from 2006 to today, the fastest rise in population of any City in Maryland and the 7th fastest growing job market in America. Under Mayor Day’s watch, Salisbury has rebranded itself into a growing, safe, kind and fun city. Property values have risen 37%, wages have risen 11%, crime has dropped 31%, opioid fatalities have dropped by 50% and 2,500 jobs have been added.
Jake is an Army Cavalry Officer and Captain, currently assigned to the US Army National Guard as an Information Operations Officer with the 110th Information Operations Battalion. He is a graduate of Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, Information Operations Qualification Course, Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course, Officer Candidate School and Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, GA. He has previously served as the Senior TAC Officer at the Officer Candidate School, a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the 158th Cavalry Regiment and as Aide-de-Camp to Brigadier General Peter Hinz, the Commander of the Maryland Army National Guard.
Jake is a member of the Next American Vanguard, Leadership Maryland, and the Smart Growth America Local Leaders Council Advisory Board. A Richard Upjohn Fellow, he previously served as a director on the American Institute of Architects national Board of Directors. Before becoming Mayor, Jake spent his career revitalizing downtowns and making them more vibrant, livable places. He worked for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, most recently as the Director of the Center for Towns, utilizing design, planning and implementation assistance to establish vibrant, sustainable small cities and towns on the Eastern Shore. He served as national President of the American Institute of Architecture Students and Editor-in-Chief of CRIT, a journal of architecture.
Jake earned a Master of Science in Nature, Society & Environmental Policy from Oxford University where he graduated with distinction for his dissertation. He also earned a Master of Urban Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland.
Jake’s work has been awarded the Partners’ for Livable Communities’ Entrepreneurial American Leader Award, Maryland League of Conservation Voters’ President Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Award, and the 2017 & 2012 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards for Leadership & Service.
Jake’s far better half – Liz – is a physical education and health teacher in Wicomico County. They are the parents of two beautiful daughters, Lily and Olivia.