The Honorable Cheryl Grymes is a Jacksonville native who is passionate about our community and public education. For more than 25 years, she has been involved in public schools from many perspectives and believes significant change and reform are needed to assure a quality education for all students. Ms. Grymes is a graduate of Wolfson High School and received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Florida and an executive nonprofit management certificate from Georgetown University. She became involved in the public school system as the mother of four daughters who graduated from public schools. She served as the district’s PTA president and was elected to the School Board in 1992 for two terms, where she served as chairman and vice-chairman. As the executive director of the Alliance for World Class Education, she worked with top-level business executives to assist with developing leaders and improving efficiency within the business operations of the district. Ms. Grymes also helped transition the Alliance into the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. She recently retired as the Vice President of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, an organization that places caring adult mentors in the lives of children facing adversity. Over the past years, Ms. Grymes has served on numerous boards and commissions. She serves as a community coach through the Nonprofit Center and provides mentoring and resources to nonprofits within the community. Her favorite volunteer activity is being with her little sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters. She enjoys spending time with her four daughters, two sons and two grandsons.