BioState Representative Cherrish Pryor served on the Indianapolis Marion County City-County Council from January 2007 to November 2008 before joining the Indiana General Assembly.
Prior to serving as an elected official, Representative Pryor was the legislative and public affairs director for the Indianapolis Marion County City–County Council, managing media relations and serving as liaison on legislative matters with the State of Indiana.
Previously, she was a lobbyist for the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, a program director for the State Student Assistance Commission, and a legislative assistant for the Indiana House of Representatives. She currently serves the community through her service as a Noble of Indiana board member and a Peace Learning Center board member.
Representative Pryor serves as chaplain for Indiana Black Caucus of State Legislators. She is also a member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). She is on the NCSL Deficit Reduction Committee and is a vice-chair of the Budgets and Revenue Committee.
Representative Pryor is also a member of the National 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. Representative Pryor has also served as a member of the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church Board of Directors.
Other past committee memberships include and the 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.
In 2010 she was named the Marion County Judiciary 2010 Legislator of Year and she also received an award from Child Advocates for her efforts to improve the lives of children.
Representative Pryor earned a Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice from Indiana University–Bloomington and a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from IUPUI.