Capital Shield Agency
Grace Cerini was born and raised in the Bronx. She has four children and currently lives in Pelham Bay. She owns Capital Shield Insurance Agency & BronxTaxMan Corp. in Throggs Neck, along with her husband John, for over 21 years. She has been an integral part in helping seniors throughout the years. Especially during this pandemic, Grace provided a safe outdoor service to ease their minds, by going to and from their houses to pick up and drop off documentation.
Grace has always had a passion to help others in her community. She was actively involved in the PTA at PS71-Rose E Scala for 15 years. During that time, she worked with the administration to successfully expand the elementary school to gth grade, as President of the PTA. While the expansion was in the process, she acquired a grant from the senator to provide portable laptops for the upper grades. She has also been successful in gaining a permanent crossing guard at the corner of Roberts and Jarvis Ave, which was much needed in front of the school. Grace had also started up a Girl Scout troop to provide a place for girls to go after school. She continued as a leader for over 10 years, teaching them about community service such as cleaning up parks and beaches, volunteering at animal shelters and providing food at the local food pantry. As well as teaching girls to be a leader, empowering them to have a voice and setting goals for themselves. She is extremely proud of her daughter, Rebecca, for completing her Gold Award.
As an advocate for the community, Grace had petitioned for better signs after car accidents consistently occurred in the neighborhood. With constant communication with the DOT and a petition signed by residents, she was successful in obtaining a four-way stop sign and continues to report road repairs for the safety of the community. She is also an active officer for AFC Rapid Soccer League, where she writes a column in the Bronx Times Reporter, supporting all the teams throughout the season. She has been coaching both boys and girls throughout the years. Currently, she coaches Girls Majors and has been a great role model for the girls by showing them sportsmanship, teamwork, fair play, staying healthy and active while committing to something they enjoy and building friendships.
As a proud Catholic, she is on St. Benedict’s Church Council and is blessed to be able to continue as an advocate for her community. Grace is honored to be recognized along with these accomplished women, who are leaders in their own way and look to make the Bronx a better place.