Seat 1 - Karyn Cunningham
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. At UTD she served in many capacities during her fourteen years. She specialized in review of public policy, community engagement, communications, and membership support. 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, 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, serves on the ChamberSouth Board of Directors and is on the board of the Friends of Chapman Field.