Councilmember District-1 Cunningham

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"After Hours with Karyn" Comes Again in April
Join Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham for coffee and conversation at "After Hours with Karyn" on April 10th at 7 pm at the Starbucks on 148 St. & US1 and again on April 19th from 8-9 am at the McDonald’s on 144 St. in the King's Bay Shopping Plaza. Come share your concerns and ideas for making Palmetto Bay an even better place to live, work, learn, and play.  Posted 3/20/17

2nd Annual Kids Town Hall
This is the second year Councilwoman Cunningham has hosted a Kids Town Hall in the Village. In case you missed it, here's part 1 & part 2 of the presentation. Last year our community’s children helped pick new playground equipment for Coral Reef Park. Click here to read the Miami Herald’s coverage of the first Kids Town Hall. This year we had our middle schoolers share ideas on how we can incorporate art in our parks. It is initiatives like this that help me as a policy maker to better understand the needs of community members of all ages.  Click here to read the Community Newspaper coverage.  You can view photos of this event by clicking here.

Run, Walk, Stroll 2k for CP
For the third year in a row, Palmetto Bay will be kicking off National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month by hosting a Run, Walk, Stroll 2K for Cerebral Palsy Awareness. The event was held at Coral Reef Park on Saturday, February 25th. District 1 Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham walked the event with her nephew, Cameron, who has CP. All registrants received a finisher’s medal, t-shirt and gift bag. The fun continued after the run at the with a movie night showing of The Life of Pets, face painting, kid friendly activities and food trucks! Click here to see the Community Newspaper story or here to see photos and videos from the event. Posted 3/3/17

  Councilwoman Cunningham Informs residents about MDC Pilot Initiative 
Councilwoman Cunningham informs residents that Miami-Dade
County's Department of Transportation and Public Works is set to pilot a traffic flow initiative in District 1 on the borders of Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay at SW 136 Street and Old Cutler Road for up to 90 days beginning Jan. 31. Click here to learn more
Posted 1/25/17

 Councilwoman Cunningham Recaps Her Second Year 
Find out what Councilwoman Cunningham has accomplished together with Council and our Manager this past year, her second year in office as the Councilmember representing District 1 -- and the Village as a whole. Click here to read What a Second Year!
Posted 12/07/16


 Councilwoman Cunningham Appointed to ChamberSOUTH Board of Directors  ChamberSOUTH has appointed Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham to serve on the Board of Directors of the Board for ChamberSOUTH. ChamberSOUTH maintains a leadership role in the community through programs, services, and events that enhance the quality of life and economic well being of South Miami, Kendall, Cutler Bay, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Greater South Dade. Click here to view the Community News story.  Click here for photos of the event.. Posted 10/17/16

Councilwoman Cunningham Appointed Vice-chair for FLC Committee
The Florida League of Cities has appointed Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham to serve as the Vice-chair of the 2016-2017 Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations Legislative Policy Committee. Click here to view the full announcement and click here to view the Community News story. Posted 9/9/16


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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 is the Chair of the ChamberSouth Education and Business Coalition. In addition, she serves on the Advisory Board of Common Threads, The Yaegar Foundation and was most recently appointed to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Board. Councilwoman Cunningham was also appointed as Co-Chair to the Florida League of Cities Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee and is a newly appointed member of the ChamberSouth Board of Directors.

Contact Information:

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