Mayor Buckhorn Appoints Cherrise Wilks as Grants Specialist

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced that Cherrise Wilks has been appointed as the City of Tampa’s Grants Specialist in the Revenue and Finance Department.

“From housing programs to neighborhood improvement projects, there are federal and state dollars that can help us get the job done. Encore just won a $30 million grant from the Housing and Urban Development Department, and grant dollars will help us complete the Riverwalk in the next 14 months," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "Cherrise will help Tampa continue to leverage our power and relationships in Tallahassee and Washington, DC."

In her capacity as Grants Specialist for the City of Tampa, Wilks will work across city departments to apply for and manage the implementation of various federal, state, and private grants.

Wilks comes to the City of Tampa having worked as the City of Jacksonville’s Grants Administrator, managing oversight of more than $7 million annually in grants. In that capacity, she also administered Jacksonville’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards. Wilks holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Florida.

A photo of Wilks is available online.