Councilmember Lauren Hughes-Leslie

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Appointed: September 2023
Elected: April 2024
Term Expires: April 2028

A native of the Antelope Valley, Lauren Hughes-Leslie brings a distinguished background in leadership and public service to her aspiration of serving the City of Lancaster. She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and excelled in various roles as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army. With an educational background in systems engineering and law, Lauren’s multifaceted experience offers a rich perspective to the council. 

Growing up in the Antelope Valley, Lauren developed a strong connection to her community through involvement with the local swim team and Girl Scouts, through volunteer work at the Antelope Valley Hospital, and in student government groups like the American Student Body (ASB). Being a part of community-based activities, she was able to build strong relationships, self-confidence, and experience firsthand the benefits of a connected community with strong leadership.

Lauren commissioned as a Human Resources Officer in the United States Army in May 2013. She graduated from the Adjutant General’s Basic Officer Leadership Course and was first assigned to the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, in direct support of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service-Hawaii (NSA/CSS-H) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Following completion of the Adjutant General’s Captain’s Career Course in 2017, Lauren was assigned to the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade and the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado. Lauren served in several leadership positions including Senior Human Resources Officer, Plans and Operations Officer, Personnel Strength Manager, and Command Family Readiness Representative. Her commitment to our country is a testament to her character and dedication, and we thank her for her sacrifices and contributions to protecting our freedom and way of life. 

She actively contributes to civic leadership as the Alternate Director to Supervisor Kathryn Barger on the Southern California Railroad Authority (Metrolink) Board of Directors. Lauren's blend of military discipline, analytical skills, and civic engagement equips her to make impactful decisions that benefit the community. Her commitment to excellence positions her as an outstanding candidate for city council service. Lauren is also a proud wife and mother of two school-aged children.

Lauren was elected to the City Council in April 2024.