Mayor Randall Woodfin
Randall L. Woodfin was sworn in as the 30th mayor of Birmingham, Alabama on Nov. 28, 2017.
His dedication to his hometown and to others developed when he was a 15-year-old working as a bagger at a Birmingham supermarket. It was the place where Mayor Woodfin learned the importance of “Putting People First,” a concept he carried on to Morehouse College, then to law school and finally into his career. Today, that message is at the core of his administration.
But those words are more than a slogan or theme. “Putting People First” is a strategy representing Mayor Woodfin’s mission to build the best version of Birmingham it can be.
In order to make Birmingham a laboratory for progress, the mayor is focused on revitalizing the city’s 99 neighborhoods, enhancing education and career opportunities for students, and creating an innovative economic climate to grow, attract and retain talent, startups and small businesses.
Mayor Woodfin’s leadership is already transforming futures. His vision to create new education and career opportunities for students led to the Birmingham Promise, a public-private partnership that provides tuition assistance to cover college costs for Birmingham high school graduates. Apprenticeships also provide students with jobs and career experience to prepare them for post-graduation employment opportunities.
The mayor’s commitment to neighborhood revitalization includes the creation of the Neighborhood Revitalization Fund to target quality of life issues for Birmingham residents. Through Mayor Woodfin’s leadership additional money has been directed to an aggressive street repaving and sidewalk program.
Birmingham is and has always been a city for builders, from steel mills to startups. Mayor Woodfin is working to put Birmingham in a position to be a magnet for the next generation of purpose-driven builders interested in spurring innovation and catalyzing entrepreneurship. Those efforts include a focus on transforming the city into a hub for women- and minority-owned businesses.
Under Mayor Woodfin’s leadership, the city launched the Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity which seeks to employ social justice as a core principle in City of Birmingham policies, operations and decision-making.
A native of Birmingham and graduate of Cumberland School of Law, Mayor Woodfin is an attorney and former president of the Birmingham Board of Education. Throughout his career, he has worked in various positions for the City of Birmingham, which is why he’s committed to bringing a new vision, a new dedication and a new energy to a city where he wants residents to have every opportunity to grow to their fullest potential.