Kerry Kriseman is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Mass Communications/Broadcasting. Kerry worked in print media for the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) in various positions in the Newsroom and Marketing Department from 1988 to 1998. She has been the Public Relations Manager for Creative Clay, a St. Petersburg, Fla,, non-profit since 2008. Kerry is the author of Accidental First Lady: On the Front Lines and Behind the Scenes of Local Politics, published by St. Petersburg Press. The memoir recounts her 22 years as a political spouse to her lawyer-turned-politician husband, Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor from 2014-2022. Political life afforded Kerry remarkable travel experiences to destinations such as Morocco, Scotland, and Qatar. However, she also finds her hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida just as engaging, with its world-class museums, local arts districts, diversity, and vibrant neighborhoods. Equally as enjoyable as travel are Kerry’s passions: dogs (her own Labradors and the guide dog puppies she raises), volunteer work, wine, trying new recipes, and challenging her baking skills with her new Kitchen Aid stand mixer.