PBC Parks Incoming Director Earns Achievement Award

Jennifer Cirillo, PBC Parks incoming director, accepting FRPA award.

Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department (PBC Parks) incoming director, Jennifer Cirillo, was awarded the Florida Recreation and Park Association (FRPA) Achievement Award on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 during FRPA’s Annual Conference in Orlando.

FRPA’s Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have provided special or unusual service to the Association and the parks, recreation and leisure services profession.

Jennifer has served Palm Beach County for more than 17 years, the most recent 11 as assistant director for PBC Parks. On October 1, she will take leadership of the department after Director Eric Call retires.

Jennifer was instrumental in the process that led to the department becoming back-to-back finalists in 2017 and 2018 for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management and for bringing home the award in 2018. Since then, she has served on the National Gold Medal Award Committee, reviewing applicants from top agencies across the country.

At the state level, Jennifer served on the FRPA Executive Board in 2017 as vice president of finance and then elected by her peers in 2019 to serve as president in 2020/21. She led the efforts for a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) assessment that laid the foundation for years to come. Jennifer also serves as a liaison between Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and the Community Remembrance Project Coalition for Palm Beach County.

A graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) with a desire to give back, for the past two years Jennifer has co-chaired the Environmental Day Program and introduced civic-minded leaders to the wonders of our resource-based parks, the environmental and economic impact of our greenways and blue ways and the numerous challenges we all face related to climate change.

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