Shawn Cerra, a resident of Coral Springs since 1993, was elected as City Commissioner for Seat 2 in June 2019.
Commissioner Cerra proudly served as Principal of J.P. Taravella High School, one of Broward County’s largest schools, for 14 years before his promotion to Director of Athletics and Student Activities for the School Board of Broward County. Always an active member of the community, Commissioner Cerra served on the Coral Springs Education Committee and as a Chamber of Commerce leader and a member from 2002-2016. He also led the City’s Ultimate and Flag Football Leagues for 10 years, serving as Vice President.
Commissioner Cerra and his wife, Kerry, have three children who attended Coral Springs public schools. As a father and educator, one of Commissioner Cerra’s greatest priorities as City Commissioner is school safety. Recognizing it is not an issue the city can address solely, he intends to utilize his leadership experience to cultivate partnerships between the Broward County School Board, law enforcement, community members and policymakers to improve the safety of our schools and address student mental health.
In addition to improving school safety, Commissioner Cerra plans to address infrastructure upgrades to meet the needs of our City’s growing population. He also recognizes the importance of proper city planning to ensure Coral Springs remains an attractive destination for residents, existing businesses and new business development.
Commissioner Cerra is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education. He received his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.