Grace Resendez McCaffery was born and raised in El Paso, TX. A resident of Pensacola since 1993, McCaffery earned her BA in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations from the University of West Florida.
After Hurricane Ivan struck the Gulf Coast, McCaffery founded the Language Bank of Northwest Florida, recruiting nearly 100 volunteer interpreters of 25 different languages. With Spanish communication in high demand, McCaffery established La Costa Latina Newspaper, a bilingual semi-monthly publication with a mission to bridge the Spanish-English language communication gap on the Gulf Coast. The newspaper is distributed from Mobile, AL to DeFuniak Springs, FL. McCaffery also founded the Hispanic Resource Center, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to Spanish speaking families in need of resources or interpretation services.
McCaffery is employed at the University of West Florida as Director of Communications for the Haas Center. She has formerly served the Gulf Coast community as the Communications Specialists for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners, Public Relations Director of the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida and the Director of Development and Public Relations for Independence for the Blind of West Florida.
She served on several boards including the United Way of Escambia County and the board of trustees for the Community Maritime Park Associates (CMPA). In 2015, McCaffery was appointed to the Inaugural Advisory Committee for Voice of Pensacola Multicultural Museum and has received multiple professional and community awards and recognitions for her work.