2018 headshot
Photo credit: Andrea Basteris

Jennifer Grygiel

Assistant Professor, Communications
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications,
Syracuse University
Also teaches in:
Magazine, News and Digital Journalism

Jennifer Grygiel is an Assistant Professor of Communication (Social Media) and Magazine at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Grygiel is also a social media professional who most recently served as social business and emerging media manager and assistant vice president at State Street Corporation in Boston. There, they developed a social listening and marketing data and analytics program and was the lead project manager for the Social Intranet Project, which received an IABC Gold Quill Merit Award. Grygiel’s social listening work has also been recognized and received a Gold Wommy for Social Media Monitoring Implementation from Womma (Word of Mouth Marketing Association).

Over the course of their career they served as the executive director for public affairs and communications and chief of staff at the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the regulation of financial markets. Grygiel has also worked at the Program on International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School and is the founder of No Gay Left Behind, which advocates for the development of virtual gay-straight alliances (VGSAs) via social media.

In 2016, Grygiel took first place in the Best Practices in Ethics in an Emerging Media Environment teaching competition, sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Elected Committee on Teaching and launched a new innovative course in partnership with Buzzfeed, which teaches future media skills to Newhouse undergraduate and graduate students.

Grygiel has also contributed op-eds in leading publications such as The New York Times, Fortune, and Teen Vogue and written about presidential use of social media in the new book “Trump Tweets, the World Reacts” (Roman & Littlefield, 2018).

Top media outlets have interviewed Grygiel, including: CNN Money, “MSNBC Live” with Katy Tur, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NBC’s “Nightly News with Lester Holt,” USA Today, Axios, CBS, BBC, CNET, NPR’s “1A,” Wired Magazine, Money Magazine, Jezebel, Bustle, AP, Reuters and The Daily Telegraph.

They earned a bachelor’s in art and education from St. Lawrence University and completed the graduate program in management with a concentration in finance and control from Harvard Extension School.

Areas of interest include social media; emerging media; memes; decentralized applications; state-funded media; community policing; financial technology (“Fintech”); LGBTQ youth advocacy; social justice and race, gender and society.


Grygiel is also the founder and CEO of Makers Media Group and is a designer, photographer, multimedia consultant and writer. Their work has been featured in numerous publications including: BUST Magazine, Time Out Boston, and the Weekly Dig. Grygiel is also the founder of Karousel Magazine, a musician and a social activist.



Stocks: given my area of expertise, and interest in participating in corporate governance via proxy voting, I have less than 150 shares in each of the following publicly listed companies: FB, GOOG, TWTR, BABA, LNKD, YY, and SNAP. I own nominal amounts of bitcoin and ether.