Lisa Giallella to Run for Seat on Akron Central Board of Education

April 20, 2021

I have been a resident of Akron for the past 26 years, after moving here from the City of Buffalo, and my son is a 2017 graduate of Akron. I am currently a Project Manager/Scrum Master at M&T Bank, in the Data Technology area, where I have been for the past 6 years. I have also worked at First Niagara Bank, United Health Care and Genesee Community College. I have an undergraduate degree (BA) in Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University and a Master’s degree (Ed.M.) in Educational Administration from SUNY Buffalo

I am running for a position on the BOE because I was raised on being of service to others. From working on any numbers of fundraisers in high school to joining service clubs in college, it has always been about service. In fact, at work, Scrum Master = Servant Leader in Agile Project Methodology. I have also had many opportunities to explore and develop my leadership skills.

While working at Genesee Community College, I had the chance to run a state-wide campaign to get elected as an At-Large Representative to what was then NEA’s national Representative Assembly. I was still in my mid-20’s and at the time was one of the youngest people elected to that position. In more recent years, I have served on the board of the Akron Music Parents and I co-chaired the Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale in 2019.

I believe that education is the basis for success – success as a person, success as a school and success as a community. While the focus has been on getting the students back in the classroom full time (rightly so), that is not the solution to everything that is necessary to return Akron to the top of school districts in WNY. What is holding us back? What tools are needed? Are the administrators, teachers, aides, and other staff members supported in the things they must do AND the things they want to do? I look forward to being of service to the Akron school community and therefore, the community at large.