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
Chmielewski supervises Institute communications and public programs, manages confidential projects, serves as a surrogate for the director, and assists in strategic areas. She leads and participates in cross-functional senior leadership teams responsible for implementing Eagleton’s mission to develop responsible leadership in civic and governmental affairs and solutions to our political problems.
Her recent team projects include a comprehensive effort to embed core values across the Institute’s work; supporting Eagleton’s 2019 leadership transition; and upgrading communications systems to increase engagement. In addition, she is a co-instructor and co-creator of an undergraduate course on talking politics across difference.
Chmielewski previously worked on re-visioning the Institute’s brand and website, building Eagleton’s science politics initiative—including the Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop series and the 2019 launch of a new science fellowship program in New Jersey state government—and developing the Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program. She and her team have 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 previously co-taught the Institute’s Political Campaigning course for five years and managed the 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.