Brian Giattina

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Brian Giattina
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Board Member, Birmingham City School Board, District 3
Term ends
Years in position 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 27, 2013
First electedAugust 25, 2009
Next generalAugust 29, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alabama
ProfessionBusiness executive
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Brian Giattina currently represents District 3 on the Birmingham City School Board. He was first elected to the seat in 2009 and won re-election on August 27, 2013.


Giattina earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 1990. He founded venture capital firm Global Investments and realty firm Global Realty in 1996. Giattina is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Giattina Aycock Architecture Studio. He has been a board member of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham. Giattina and his wife, Elene Kapanis, have two children.[1][2]



See also: Birmingham City School District Elections (2013)

Giattina won re-election to his District 3 seat on August 27, 2013. He ran unopposed for the seat as the filing deadline for the election passed without additional candidates in District 3.[3] Due to Alabama state law, write-in candidates are not allowed in Birmingham's municipal elections, so he won the election by default once the filing deadline passed.[4] Giattina's name was not on the ballot, and as a result, there is no vote total for the District 3 race.[4]


Giattina first won election to the board on August 25, 2009. He faced fellow challengers Elisa Burns-Macon, Bob Friedman and Randall Woodfin to fill the open seat in District 3. Giattina advanced from the August 25 general election and defeated Burns-Macon in a runoff election on October 6, 2009.

Birmingham City School Board, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Giattina 45.9% 1,762
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElisa Burns-Macon 26.7% 1,026
     Nonpartisan Randall L. Woodfin 17.7% 678
     Nonpartisan Bob Friedman 9.7% 371
Total Votes 3,837
Source: Birmingham Office of the City Clerk, "General Municipal Election - August 25, 2009," accessed August 13, 2013

Birmingham City School Board, District 3 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Giattina 68.5% 1,086
     Nonpartisan Elisa Burns-Macon 31.5% 500
Total Votes 1,586
Source: Birmingham Office of the City Clerk, "Municipal Runoff Election - October 6, 2009," accessed August 13, 2013

What was at stake?

Nine seats, including every board officer position, were at stake. Three members of the controversial "Gang of Five" coalition of board members were on the ballot. These members were Emanuel B. Ford, Virginia S. Volker and Tyrone H. Belcher, Sr., all of whom lost their re-election bids.[5] Incumbents Carol E. Clarke, W. J. Maye Jr. and Phyllis F. Wyne did not seek re-election.[6]

Stake takeover

On June 26, 2012, the Alabama Department of Education assumed control of Birmingham City Schools after the school board failed to pass a measure that would have cut hundreds of jobs over two years to bring the district into compliance with state law.[7] The discovery that schools in the district were operating without the mandated month of emergency reserve funds, which amounted to approximately $20 million, was another contributor to the state takeover.[8] Since the takeover, the school board has consolidated seven schools and six office buildings in an effort to save the district approximately $8 million.[8]

Board confrontations

Giattina was involved in a confrontation with fellow board member Tyrone H. Belcher, Sr. during a closed board meeting on January 25, 2011. According to harassment charges filed by Giattina, Belcher argued with Board President Phyllis Wyne and fellow members intervened to prevent escalation of the argument.[9][10]

About the district

The Birmingham City School District was created in 1910 when the Alabama State Legislature passed a bill creating Greater Birmingham. Through this bill, 40 schools were annexed by the Birmingham Free School, most of them substandard and in disrepair. Birmingham City Schools is now comprised of 51 schools including 25 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, seven K-8 schools, seven high schools, and one alternative school.[11]


Birmingham City Schools is located in Jefferson County, Alabama
Birmingham City School District is located in Jefferson County, Alabama. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, located northeast of the capital, Montgomery. According to the 2010 US Census, Birmingham is home to 212,237 residents.[12]


Jefferson County outperforms the rest of Alabama in terms of median household income, poverty rates and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income for Jefferson County is $45,750 when compared to $42,934 for the state of Alabama. The percentage of people below poverty level for Jefferson County is 16.2% while it is 17.6% for the state of Alabama. The 2010 U.S. Census also found that 29.0% of Jefferson County residents aged 25 or older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.0% in Iowa[13]

Racial Demographics, 2012[13]
Race Jefferson County (%) Alabama (%)
White 54.3 70.0
Black or African American 42.6 26.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.7
Asian 1.5 1.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.1 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.9 4.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[14]
Year Democratic Vote Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote Republican Vote (%)
2012 159,876 52.50 141,683 46.53
2008 166,121 52.15 149,921 47.07
2004 132,286 45.15 158,680 54.16
2000 129,889 47.45 138,491 50.59

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[15]

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  1. Brian for Birmingham, "Main page," accessed July 23, 2013
  2. LinkedIn, "Brian Giattina," accessed July 23, 2013
  3. Kyle Whitmire,, "Giattina runs unopposed for Birmingham school board, 25 others qualify for other eight seats," July 12, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kyle Whitmire,, "Birmingham District 3: Abbott wins council seat, Giattina wins school board race, both unopposed," August 27, 2013
  5. Marie Leech,, "Three incumbent Birmingham school board members voted out (update)," August 27, 2013
  6. Marissa Mitchell, ABC 3340, "Qualifying candidates for Birmingham mayoral, city council, school board races," July 12, 2013
  7. Sherea Harris and Brianne Britzius, Fox 6 WBRC, "State will take over Birmingham schools starting Wednesday," July 3, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 Evan Belanger,, "Birmingham schools intervention could stretch into fall 2014, education official says," June 27, 2013
  9. Marie Leech, The Birmingham News, "Fight occurs at closed Birmingham school board meeting; 2 complaints to police cite Tyrone Belcher," February 1, 2011
  10. Ebony Hall, ABC 3340, "Belcher-Maye working relationship appeared rocky + Belcher responds," February 1, 2011
  11. Birmingham City Schools, "History of the Birmingham City Schools" accessed July 16, 2013
  12. United States Census Bureau, "Guide to 2010 Census State and Local Geography - Alabama," accessed August 13, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 United States Census Bureau, "Jefferson County Quick Facts," accessed August 13, 2013
  14. Alabama Secretary of State, "Elections Information," accessed August 14, 2013
  15. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014