Brian Vanyo – Albemarle School Board (Samuel Miller)

Brian Vanyo is a candidate for the Samuel Miller District seat on the Albemarle County School Board.  Five of the seven seats on board will be determined in the Nov. 3 election. Other candidates in this race include: Michael Basile & Graham Paige.

Each candidate was interviewed by Charlottesville Tomorrow and asked 10 questions about their qualifications, priorities and important education issues.  Included in the box at the right are links to the full transcript and audio recording of those interviews (also available on iTunes).

Highlights of all the candidate responses are available in this downloadable 2015 Voter Guide. The biographical information below is provided by each candidate.

Bio: Brian Vanyo is a husband and father of three girls. He was raised in North Dakota, where he attended public schools. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Brian served in the Navy for 9 years as an F-14 Radar Intercept Officer and also as an Air Defense Analyst. He moved to Charlottesville in 2007 to pursue a law degree at UVA while finishing a Master’s degree from the U.S. Naval War College. Brian is a published author and columnist. He currently works at the Defense Intelligence Agency and serves as a board member of an educational nonprofit organization.


Occupation: Intelligence Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency

Previous political experience: None

Age on Election Day: 40

Neighborhood: Redfields Community

Hometown: West Fargo, North Dakota

Family: Wife Svetlana (Aquatics Manager and Swim Instructor at ACAC) and daughters Athena (11, seventh grader at Jackson-Burley Middle School), Sofie (6, first grader at Cale Elementary), and Vivian (2)

Other interests and experiences:

Board Member, Constitution Leadership Initiative (a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to promoting a better understanding of the Constitution), 2013-present; Author, The American Ideology (genre: political and constitutional history), 2012; various editorials published in newspapers and online, 2012-2013; Treasurer, Cherry Hill-Village Place HOA, 2011-2013; Military service, 1998-2007: deployed with Fighter Squadron Eleven in support of Operations Noble Eagle (2001), Enduring Freedom (2002), and Iraqi Freedom (2004)

Telephone: (703) 593-7993

Email: Brianvanyo@