Eagleton Faculty, Staff and Visiting Associates
B.A. degree in political science, Rutgers University; M.P.A. degree in public and nonprofit management and policy, New York University
Randi Chmielewski plays a senior-level role in institutional planning, external affairs, program development, communications, and personnel management. She contributes to the development and execution of strategic direction to advance the Institute’s mission to focus attention on how the American political system works, how it changes, and how it might work better. Chmielewski’s current team projects involve building Eagleton’s science politics initiative — including the Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop and the launch of a new science fellowship program in New Jersey state government — and developing the Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program. She is also leading a team charged with re-visioning the Institute’s brand and website.
Chmielewski oversees the Institute’s public programs and communications staff. During her tenure, Eagleton has presented high-profile programs for audiences of 25 to 5,000 — featuring guests such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Congressman John Lewis, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and former U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe and George Mitchell. In addition, Chmielewski is a co-instructor for the undergraduate courses Political Campaigning and Talking Politics: Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable. Chmielewski previously managed the Institute’s Citizenship Rutgers naturalization application assistance program in collaboration with the Rutgers Law Schools in Newark and Camden.
Before returning to Eagleton in 2011, she served as special assistant to Mayor Jun Choi in Edison Township. She is an alumna of the Eagleton Undergraduate Associates Program and served as co-chair of the Eagleton Alumni Committee from 2013 through 2016. Chmielewski currently serves as board president for her homeowners’ association. Elected in 2016, she previously served as board treasurer.