elisa_cramer.jpgBy C.B. HANIF

WEST PALM BEACH — West Palm Beach native Elisa Cramer is heading to Tallahassee as family and community services director for the Department of Children and Families.

Cramer will supervise the directors of the statewide Family Safety programs, whose offices include Child Welfare, Child Care Regulation, Domestic Violence, Homelessness and Adult Protective Services.

She said she is “looking forward to, hopefully, making a positive difference statewide.”

Cramer joined DCF in 2009 as Circuit 15 director of communications. She most recently was a community development administrator for DCF's southeast region.

The 1993 Spelman College graduate is the daughter of noted educators Ulysses and Virgina Smith.

Cramer worked at The Palm Beach Post as an intern, reporter, South County Bureau chief, member of the editorial board and award-winning columnist, also heading the Palm Beach County Association of Black Journalists.

The Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church member is married to Antony Cramer; they have three sons.