Cherrish Pryor has served as a legislator in the Indiana House of Representatives since Nov. 4, 2008. She is currently chairwoman of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus. She served on the Indianapolis Marion County City-County Council from Jan. 2007 to Nov. 2008. Prior to joining the City-County Council, she was employed by that body as the Legislative and Public Affairs Director.
Cherrish currently works as the chief deputy for the Marion County Treasurer’s Office. Prior positions include real estate manager for the Marion County Auditor’s Office, lobbyist for the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, program director for the State Student Assistance Commission, and a legislative assistant for the Indiana House of Representatives.
Pryor currently serves the community through her service on several boards and committees. She was recently named Indiana State Director for Women in Government, a national nonpartisan organization of female legislators. Since 2017, she has served as the State Director of the National Foundation of Women Legislators. Pryor is on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust Fund, and serves on the Pike Township YMCA Campaign Steering Committee. Cherrish is also a member of the Top Ladies of Distinction; Tillman H. Harpole American Legion Post 249 Auxiliary; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Indianapolis Chapter; Concerned Clergy; and the Indiana University Alumni Association.
She is an active member of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves on the Usher Board and is the assistant treasurer for that auxiliary. Cherrish has also served as a member of the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church Board of Directors. Other past community involvement includes the Peace Learning Center, Indianapolis Museum of Art Government Relations Committee, National Black MBA Association-Indianapolis Chapter, UNCF Gala Committee, United Way of Central Indiana Governance Committee, Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Committee, and Indiana Black Expo’s Black Business Conference Committee.
Earlier this year, Pryor received the Faith-Based President’s Award as well as the Dr. Mozel Sanders Drum Major for Justice Award.
Last year, she received the Breakthrough Woman Award from the Indianapolis Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and the Crystal Gavel Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
In 2015, she was named one of four Legislators of the Year by the Indiana Farm Bureau and a member of Governing Magazine’s Women in Government 2015 class. Marion County Judges named her Legislator of Year in 2010 and she also received an award from Child Advocates for her efforts to improve the lives of children that same year.
Cherrish earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University–Bloomington and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.