Councilmember District-1 Cunningham

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Councilwoman Cunningham Hosted First-Ever Playground Fun Town Hall Meeting:
Thank you to all of those who came out to Councilwoman Cunningham's first-ever Playground Fun Town Hall Meeting. It was great to hear feedback from Coral Reef Park's biggest fans. The event was covered by the Miami Herald and Community Newspapers.  If you didn't have a chance to make it, see a video presentation here or check out the event photos!

Last month, the Council passed a resolution to name the children's playground at Coral Reef Park the "Bridget Allison Pier Playground." The item, co-sponsored by Mayor Flinn and Councilwoman Cunningham, unanimously passed and the playground at Coral Reef Park in District 1 will be named after the daughter of our Village Clerk, Meighan Alexander. Bridget Allison Pier was just seven years old when she died in 2011 from a massive stroke while vacationing in Hawaii with her family. In addition to the naming of the park, the playground will be undergoing a renovation as the Village has budgeted dollars to replace and update playground equipment. APR 13, 2016

Councilwoman Chosen to Sit on the Women in Politics Symposium for MDC
Councilwoman Cunningham was one of four local and state elected officials to sit on the Women in Politics Symposium for Miami-Dade College. One of many panels organized by Miami-Dade College Homestead Campus highlighting women to celebrate Women's History Month, Cunningham joined State Representative Holly Raschein, Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner and Florida City Commissioner Avis Brown.  

"MDC has a special place in my heart," said Cunningham, who graduated from Miami-Dade College in 1983 before attending University of South Florida. "I was proud to be asked to return to share my successes and the lessons I have learned along the way with young men and women at MDC interested in pursuing careers in politics."

The Homestead Campus is located in the historic downtown district of the City of Homestead and the 18-acre campus delivers a full-range of educational programs to its community. The symposium was attended by over 100 students, the College's President, Dr. Jeanne Jacobs and several campus professors.

Councilwoman Attends Chamber South Breakfast ...Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was the Keynote Speaker for this month's General Membership Breakfast hosted by The Chamber South Education and Business Coalition. Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham has served as the Chair of the committee for two years. "The committee was honored to once again have the Superintendent as a keynote. It has become an annual event for him," Councilwoman Cunningham said. "I can't think of anyone who can better to present to our joint education and business community in South Dade. Miami-Dade County Public Schools has remained on the cutting edge for providing great private-public partnerships that give our students a leg up in the real world."

Participants were entertained by the Miami Palmetto Senior High Jazz Ensemble who performed a wide range of pieces under the supervision of their Music Instructor, Kennan Torgerson. Togerson joined MPSH last year. Jonathan Mizrachi, a sixth grade student from Jorge Mas Canosa Middle and a Miracle League player, sang the National Anthem and Veronica Benetiz, a Senior from Miami Sunset Senior High and intern with Baptist Health, introduced the Superintendent. District 9 School Board Member, Dr. Larry Feldman, was also in attendance.


"After Hours with Karyn"
Join Councilwoman Cunningham for coffee and conversation at Starbucks on 148th and US1, and share your thoughts, concerns and ideas for the betterment of Palmetto Bay.  Please check the District 1 Newsletter for date and topic information for the next "After Hours with Karyn." JAN 26, 2016

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Karyn Cunningham was elected to Council Seat 1 on Nov. 4, 2014. A native of Miami-Dade County and a graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior High, Councilmember Cunningham graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Florida in 1985 and holds certification in Elementary Education and Psychology. She received her Urban Education Certification from Florida International University in 1987. Karyn and her family have lived in the Village of Palmetto Bay since 1995. She has one daughter, Megan.                                                                       

Councilmember Cunningham is an accomplished teacher, community activist, and advocate for education. She began her career teaching first grade and has been with Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 18 years. During her time as a classroom teacher, Karyn worked closely with the PTA to bring additional programming and activities to our school community. In 2004, Karyn took her career outside the classroom by serving with United Teachers of Dade as a Government & Community Engagement Specialist. Currently, she assists in the development of an effective education policy plan and provides year-round public affairs and community relations support, locally and with the State of Florida in Tallahassee.


Councilmember Karyn Cunningham was appointed to the Village of Palmetto Bay’s Education Advisory Compact Council in 2012, and in 2013 was appointed to the Village’s Education Advisory Committee, which oversees the implementation of the compact.

A graduate of the Greater Miami Chamber’s Leadership Miami Class of 2012, Councilmember Cunningham is actively involved on the boards of many local not-for-profit organizations. She serves as Vice-President of The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, and serves on the Common Threads Advisory Council and the Advisory Board of The Yaegar Foundation. She was recently appointed Chair of the Chamber South Education and Business Coalition.

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Office: 305-259-1234
Cell: 305-904-1805
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