Kathleen A. Gaylord
Admitted to bar, 1979, Minnesota
Kathleen Gaylord is an
attorney and partner at Weinblatt & Gaylord PLC.
Her work includes tax analysis, real estate financing, and employment law. In
addition, Kathleen has taught Election Law for the Minnesota Institute of Legal
Education (MILE). In previous employment, Kathleen served as Regional Manager
of Properties and Facilities for Northwest Airlines, Inc. managing a portfolio
of airport properties across the country prior to her promotion to the position
of Senior Corporate Counsel. While at Northwest, she was successful in
acquiring almost a billion dollars in airline assistance aid from the Minnesota
Legislature to preserve 18,000 jobs in Minnesota. As the Chair of the Public
Affairs Committee for the Air Transportation Association in Washington, DC,
Kathleen also lobbied Congress and state legislatures across the country on
behalf of the airline industry and has lectured on transportation issues across
the United States. Before joining Northwest, Kathleen worked for the Minnesota
legislature. Her work focused on tax legislation and research. Kathleen
developed an income-based property tax relief system known as the "Circuit
Breaker" for the Minnesota Legislature and, while Executive Director of
the Minnesota Tax Study Commission, designed the first
computer simulation of the state's complex tax and local government aid system.
Kathleen earned a BA
degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in economics and
a J.D. degree in law from the William Mitchell College of Law. Her education
also includes post- graduate work at the University of Minnesota in both
business taxation and public administration.
2002 Kathleen Gaylord was elected Dakota County Commissioner after serving ten
years as the Mayor of South St. Paul and eight years as a member of the South
St. Paul City Council. As Mayor, Kathleen chaired the National League of Cities
Transportation Steering and Policy Committees and was elected to the National
League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors. As Commissioner, Kathleen has been
elected to chair the Dakota County Board of Commissioners in 2006 and 2009, and
to serve as Vice Chair in 2005 and 2012. She is chair of the Administration,
Finance and Planning Committee of the Board and chair of the Dakota County Law
Library Board of Trustees. She has served as Vice Chair of the Finance and
Intergovernmental Affairs Committee of the National Association of Counties
and chaired numerous regional boards including the Metropolitan Emergency
Services Board, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control Board, and the Metropolitan
Area Agency on Aging.
Macalester College; University of Minnesota (B.A., magna cum laude); William
Mitchell College of Law (J.D.).
Executive Director, Minnesota Tax Study Commission; Senior Corporate Counsel,
Northwest Airlines, Inc; Mayor, South St. Paul, Minnesota; President, Dakota
County League of Governments; President, Metropolitan Public Airports
Foundation; Co-Chair, Metro East Development Partnership; Commissioner, Dakota
County Board of Commissioners.
Legal Associations: Dakota County Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association,
and American Bar Association.