Karyl Cunningham has been CEO of Emanuel Community Center since 2003. Emanuel is a 138-year-old community center that provides education and shared neighborhood experiences that connect all residents of Over-the-Rhine. Cunningham is responsible for managing and running the day-to-day operations of the Center.
Cunningham is the recipient of numerous community activity awards, including the 2006 Star Award, Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, for individual community contribution; Urban All-American Achievement Award, Toledo, Ohio; and Ohio State Assembly Community Service Recognition.
In addition, Cunningham has served on several nonprofit boards, including the Leadership Council, Seton High School, and Healthy Moms and Babes. She is currently serving on the boards of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, the OTR Foundation and the 3CDC New Market Funds Advisory board and member of the Citizen Advisory Panel for Agenda 360. She is a graduate of the African American Leadership Development Program/Urban League/Class 13, and a 2008 100 Wise Women honoree.
Cunningham earned an MA in Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Physical Education, Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina. She and her spouse, James, live in Delhi.