Groundwork Jacksonville Welcomes Two New Board Members

Groundwork Jacksonville welcomes two new members to the volunteer Board of Directors. According to Board Chair, Kerri Stewart, “I’m honored to welcome Marisa Brighton and Sylvia Perry to the Board of Directors. I look forward to working alongside these impressive women to achieve the mission of Groundwork Jacksonville. Together, we will ensure a brighter future for this community.”

Marisa M. Brighton

Marisa M. Brighton
Senior Director, Strategic Engagement & Community Impact

Marisa Brighton is the Senior Director of Strategic Engagement & Community Impact at Swisher, the locally owned and largest volume-producing cigar manufacturer in the United States. She is responsible for leading the development and expansion of strategic partnership initiatives in the Jacksonville communities in which the company has operated for over 160 years. Prior to Swisher, Brighton was a Business Advisory Consultant at Slalom, a leading change and transformation consultancy.

“It is an honor to represent Swisher on the Groundwork Jacksonville Inc. Board of Directors during an exciting time for Jacksonville,” said Brighton. “The work being done by Groundwork with the Emerald Trail aligns with Swisher’s commitment to community vitality. I look forward to learning from my colleagues and watching the Emerald Trail and other projects come to life.”

Sylvia Perry, a native of Jacksonville, is the publisher of Free Press of Jacksonville, a 37-year-old weekly newspaper that serves the African American community of Northeast Florida. She has received many accolades on behalf of the publication and is actively involved within the Jacksonville community. Perry has served on several civic boards and committees including Jacksonville Urban Legend, Leadership Jacksonville, and Junior League of Jacksonville.

Sylvia Perry
Free Press of Jacksonville

“Groundwork Jacksonville is a trailblazer in the nonprofit world through the Emerald Trail which represents a binding tie that will blend our community together. Through this innovative pathway, work is done from the inside out to not only maintain but showcase Jacksonville’s unique diversity and culture. It is an exciting opportunity to be a part of the development of our city’s growth,” said Perry.