Mayor - Karyn Cunningham

Biography


Karyn Cunningham was elected as Palmetto Bay's Mayor on November 6, 2018. A native of Miami-Dade County and a graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior High, Mayor 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.    

Mayor 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. At UTD she served in many capacities during her fourteen years. She specialized in review of public policy, community engagement, communications, and membership support.

Mayor Cunningham served as Village of Palmetto Bay Councilwoman for Seat 1 from 2014-2018.  During that time she spearheaded many initiatives focused on residents and quality of life in Palmetto Bay. Some of those initiatives included:

  • Passive Park Initiative- allowing the Village to take steps in acquiring parcels of land for the expansion of parks within the Village.  The acquisition of these properties will enable us to increase our tree canopy which not only enhances the beautification of our community, but increases home values as well.  
  • IBus Park & Ride- which established the first of its kind pilot program using the Village’s IBus to transport commuters to the county’s MetroRail System on the busway as part of reducing vehicular traffic and reduce our carbon footprint by removing as many automobiles as possible from our roadways - positively impacting current traffic conditions.
  • Safe Schools Initiative- which directs our Village police officers to make their presence known at our public and private schools by completing their official reports on school property so as to have a higher profile for our students, teachers and their families.
  • After Hours with Karyn- which allows residents to meet with me for coffee and discuss their ideas, issues and vision for the Village. 
  • Saturdays in the Park- a monthly opportunity giving residents the opportunity to meet with  to discuss their ideas about how to improve our cherished parks and green spaces.
  • Annual Kids Town Hall- giving our youngest residents the opportunity to have their voices be a part of governing. Through the Kids Town Halls changes were made to park amenities at Coral Reef Park and Palmetto Bay Park.

Karyn is currently on professional leave to focus full-time on her family and community.                           
A graduate of the Greater Miami Chamber’s Leadership Miami Class of 2012, Mayor 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. Mayor Cunningham was also appointed as Co-Chair to the Florida League of Cities Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, serves on the ChamberSouth Board of Directors and is on the board of the Friends of Chapman Field.




Contact Mayor Cunningham directly on her cell phone at 305-799-0695 or via email.

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Mayor 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, Mayor 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. Mayor 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.