I’m Katie Abbott and I’m the proud At-Large Councilmember for Pinecrest, Florida.
I was elected in November 2018 for a 4-year term. My next election is in 2022.
A little about me...
I know Pinecrest. I grew up in Pinecrest (even before it was Pinecrest), and am an alumna of Palmetto Elementary, Palmetto Middle, and Palmetto High School. My first election in Pinecrest took place in 8th grade. Throughout my school years, I held a leadership position every year, graduating from Palmetto High School as Student Council President.
For my undergraduate degree I headed off to Duke, then Columbia for my Master’s degree. After, I worked in New York City at Scholastic Publishing, then moved with my husband and two children to Charlotte, N.C. and finally, with them, back to Pinecrest in 2008.
I have served the community for many years already and very much enjoy doing it. I have served 4 years as a PTSA/PTA President with two years at Palmetto Middle School and two years at Pinecrest Elementary. I have been on PTSA/PTA Boards for the last 8 years. I am currently serving my third year on the Palmetto High School PTSA Board, now as Communications Chair. During my leadership, I helped raise over half a million dollars ($511,208.00+) for our local schools. These PTSA/PTAs aren’t small organizations. The are large non-profits, consisting of a 8-12 person Board, 30+ committees, and hundreds of volunteers. As President, I oversaw the entire organization and helped plan and maintain the annual expenditures successfully. I have served 5+ years on our area schools' various Educational Excellence School Advisory Councils (EESAC), and am currently serving my third year on Palmetto High School's EESAC.
Click here to read the article about my campaign in the Florida Villager.
As for direct experience with the Village government, apart from being a Councilmember, I have served two years on the Village of Pinecrest Zoning Board, appointed by Mayor Corradino. I am also an organizer and Co-Captain of our Neighborhood Crime Watch. For two years I was on the Planning Committee for Fashion in the Gardens, which was a Village-sponsored fundraiser for Pinecrest public schools. I attend and last year was Co-Chair of the monthly Mayor’s Educational Advisory Committee Meetings. I also am a proud Co-Coordinator of Pinecrest's Pinecrest Youth Advisory Council.
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I am loyal and hard-working. After leaving the Scholastic office in New York City, I freelanced for a total of 15+ years with Scholastic, all while raising a family and serving the community in the various roles mentioned above. For over 10 years I have also volunteered my time to Duke University, annually interviewing prospective students.
Issues related to famiies and seniors are important to me. My parents still live in the Pinecrest house I grew up in, and I am well aware of their generation’s needs. Enabling multiple generations to live in the same community and offering opportunities for persons of all ages and ability levels is important to me.
Promoting wellness and advocating for keeping our parks, Pinecrest Gardens, the Community Center and other venues of physical development available for persons of all ages and abilities is something I deeply care about. Staying in shape is one of the best ways we can keep all of our community members healthy mentally and physically. I have served on the Board for South Florida Triathletes (Team Hammerheads), which supports athletes of all abilities and ages to live a healthy lifestyle. I am a seven-time marathoner and have participated in many triathlons and running races of multiple distances. My favorite events are multiple-day endurance events. In 2017, I was a Ragnar Relay Ambassador, with the goal of spreading the joy of running to everyone.
I am thrilled to serve the community. Please do not hesitate contacting me.
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The Martinez-Abbott Family