Councilmember District-1 Cunningham

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Walk to School Day … Councilmember Cunningham was joined Oct. 7 by Mayor Flinn, Commissioner Levine-Cava in celebrating Walk to School Day -- part of a global initiative that includes involving communities from 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. The Councilmember brought a resolution to the Oct. 5 meeting in support of the initiative, which passed unanimously by the Village Council. OCT. 7, 2015

"After Hours with Karyn" ... Thanks for meeting "After Hours with Karyn" Sept. 23 at Starbucks on Old Cutler Road at SW 168th Street for coffee and hot topical discussion on Village policy and projects, parks, public works, police -- you name it... These popular after-work gatherings are designed to enhance citizen access to Palmetto Bay's elected officials. SEP 23, 2015

Education Day ... Everyday is Education Day in the Village of Palmetto Bay. But Friday, Sept. 3, was very special! Councilmember Karyn Cunningham visited with school administrators and parents at three of the five public schools based in Palmetto Bay -- and then had the opportunity to introduce Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho as the guest speaker at the Palmetto Bay Business Association. See photos. SEP SEP 3, 2015

Village Work Days ... On Aug. 25-26, Councilwoman Cunningham rolled up her sleeves to work side-by-side with department staff that provides Village services. "In my many conversations with our residents,” she said, “most people said they wanted high quality services, whether public safety or park programs.” To gain a better understanding of the services the Village provides, Cunningham worked along with the staff members who make Palmetto Bay a great place to live, work, learn, and play." See photos. AUG 26, 2015

Grass Roots Outreach ... Thanks for joining Councilmember Cunningham at "Saturday in the Park," May 16, at Ludovici Park. The Councilmember hosts this unique outreach event monthly to address with resident concerns about our parks, while walking and talking -- quite literally in the sunshine! See photos from the latest outing. Saturdays in the Park will resume again in September after the summer recess. JUN 1, 2015

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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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