2018 headshotJen Grygiel is an Assistant Professor of Communication (Social Media) at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and 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 have 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.

Grygiel took first place in the 2016 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.


Grygiel 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. They are also an artist working out of Brooklyn, NY.

Other areas of interest include social media; emerging media; decentralized applications; community policing; financial technology (“Fintech”); LGBTQ youth advocacy; 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.