Mayor Nan Whaley’s career is distinguished by her commitment to public service, civic involvement and interest in local government. First elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, Nan was the youngest woman ever chosen for a commission seat. She was proud to be elected as Dayton’s mayor in 2013, winning 56 percent of the vote. In 2017, she was unopposed for reelection, making it the first uncontested mayoral race in the city’s history since voters have elected the office separately. Nan is a national leader among her peers serving as the Second Vice President for the US Conference of Mayors as well as the Chair of the International Committee for the conference.
Whaley has placed significant emphasis on reviving the economy and culture of the Downtown Dayton area. She has done so through drawing in over $200,000,000 in downtown investments and in a refocus of the region into new ventures. As a result of her new renewal efforts, new businesses have begun to move into the downtown area, including a number of small businesses and startups. In March of 2021, Mayor Whaley welcomed the opening of a 95,000-square-foot innovation hub that includes shared and private office spaces, meeting rooms, conference areas, learning labs and classrooms and pop-up retail spaces. Nearly five years in the making, this new venture is a joint effort between the Entrepreneurs Center and University of Dayton’s Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.