Gary Brantley is an innovative technology strategist renowned for his financial acumen and expertise in cultivating productive collaborations. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the technology sector, in addition to 17 years of leadership, to the City of Atlanta as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Department of Atlanta Information Management (AIM). As CIO, Gary is accountable for information technology services for all 25 city departments to include Public Safety, Justice, Operations, Administration, and Hartsfield-Jackson Intl Airport. Before joining AIM, Gary was the CIO for the DeKalb County School District, the third largest school district in Georgia. While he was there, Gary spearheaded the district’s largest technology overhaul, Digital Dreamers, which included the distribution of over 70,000 end user devices to teachers as well as students. Gary began his career with IBM before becoming the Regional Operations Director for MCIWorldCom. There he continued to have an impact on technology and took that expertise to the Ohio State Department as the Director of Technology. He later became CIO for the Lorain City School District, which is one of the largest urban school districts in Ohio.
Gary’s admirable professionalism and unyielding dedication have earned him numerous awards and accolades. Gary was named as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education in 2015, ComputerWorld’s Premier Top 100 Technology Leaders for 2017 and awarded the Making IT Happen award from the International Society for Technology in Education. Gary was a finalist for the 2017-2018 Georgia CIO Leadership Association’s CIO of the Year Award.