Jennifer Grygiel

Jennifer Grygiel

Assistant Professor

  • Communications

Also teaches in:

  • Magazine

Contact Information

Office Location

481-B Newhouse 2


  • A.L.M. Harvard University
  • A.B. St. Lawrence University


  • Social Media
  • Emerging Media
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Campaigns

Jennifer Grygiel is 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. 

For more information, please see their personal website and disclosures.