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Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission, Justyna served as CEO of Education for Democracy Foundation (FED) – a leading Polish non-governmental organization operating in the area of the former Soviet Union. From 2003 to 2006, Justyna was the Executive Secretary of the Zagranica Group – a coalition of Polish organizations working abroad, serving afterwards on its Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014. From 2007 to 2016, she coordinated the Region in Transition – RITA Program, and other FED programs. From 1998 she cooperated closely with a number of Polish non-profit organizations.
Justyna is a qualified trainer in Polish, English, and Russian, conducting workshops in the areas of global education, international cooperation, and project management. Justyna received a Master’s degree in Political Science with specialization in international relations from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and a Bachelor’s degree in Management. She is a graduate of the School of Human Rights of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and of the Management Program NGO PROMENGO.
In her career, she has focused on sustainable development, global education, and democratization. In 2014, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded her with the Gold Cross of Merit.
Administration & Finance Manager
Aneta is responsible for financial and administrative issues in the Commission. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Management and Marketing from the University of Lodz, additionally she completed accounting courses. She has worked in the area of financial settlements of EU funds, Norwegian and European Economic Area Funds in such organizations as the Ministry of Infrastructure, Cooperation Fund Foundation and Stefan Batory Foundation. Her experience has been in the accounting, control and management of grants in several programs: Sectoral Operational Transport Program, Lifelong Learning “Leonardo da Vinci” Program, EQUAL Community Initiative Program, Human Capital Operational Program, Non-Governmental Organizations Fund, and Citizens for Democracy Program. In recent years, she mainly collaborated with the non-governmental sector in Poland.
Manager Programów Fulbrighta i Centrum EducationUSA
Justyna zarządza pracą zespołu koordynującego polskie i amerykańskie programy Fulbrighta oraz kieruje Centrum EducationUSA przy Komisji. Jest absolwentką studiów magisterskich Instytutu Anglistyki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego (specjalizacje: językoznawcza i amerykanistyczna), stypendystką Fulbrighta (University of Texas at Austin, College of Education) oraz laureatką World Fellowship przyznanego przez Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators.
W poprzednich latach pracowała w Lionbridge Technologies jako koordynator językowy projektów o zasięgu globalnym dla klientów Fortune 500, a wcześniej jako tłumacz dla Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich. Pisała dla The Wall Street Journal, Language Magazine: The Journal of Communication and Education oraz Babel – The Language Magazine.
Senior Office and Event Officer
Currently on maternity leave.
She graduated from the University of Warsaw, where she studied musicology and English studies. She gained her work experience while collaborating with such organizations as the Witold Lutosławski Society, „Music Gardens” Foundation, Polish Composers’ Union and the National Film Archive-Audiovisual Institute, in which she coordinated many artistic and educational projects.
Senior Program Officer
Patrycja coordinates programs for Polish students and BioLAB program.
She is also an EducationUSA adviser specializing in medical studies, arts and sports scholarships. Patrycja completed her Bachelor’s degree in biological studies at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Master’s degree in Sociology at Collegium Civitas and post-graduate studies in the field of vocational counseling, coaching and talent management at the Warsaw School of Economics.
Special Programs Coordinator
Anna is a graduate of Ukrainian philology and specialist Eastern studies at the University of Warsaw.
She gained her experience cooperating for many years with the Education for Democracy Foundation, where she coordinated educational projects, grant programs and also acted as a member of the board.
Senior IT Officer, EducationUSA Adviser
Natalia is IT systems administrator and manages our websites. As an EducationUSA adviser provides information and guidance to students interested in education in the USA and runs EducationUSA Poland social media profiles. She coordinates recruitment for the Weiser Professional Development Fellowship program, takes care of our summer interns and serves as IT support for the office.
Natalia is a graduate of the University of Warsaw (MS in Information Science) and Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz (BS in Information Science). She has been working for the Commission since 2012, and gained previous professional experience, among others, at the US Embassy, Agora and in the private sector.
Senior Program Officer
Paulina coordinates programs for American students and scholars.
Paulina completed her B.A. degree studies at the Academy of International Relations and American Studies and received M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Warsaw. She also completed postgraduate training in European integration at the Tischner European University and completed one-year program of American Law offered by the Jagiellonian University and the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. For many years she worked at the School of Medicine in English of the Jagiellonian University as a program officer responsible for admissions and applications for postgraduate training for IMGs.
Senior Program Officer
Justyna coordinates programs for Polish scholars and the Fulbright U.S. English Teaching Assistant program.
Justyna is a graduate of English Philology at the University of Gdańsk. She gained her professional experience by implementing many national in-service teacher training programs for language teachers (INSETT, Young Learners) as well as international projects (Supporting Multilingual Classroom, European Language Portfolio).
Promotion and New Media Officer
Aleksandra is involved in the promotion of the Fulbright Program and manages our social media profiles.
Dr. Aleksandra Szaniawska graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo (2017) with a Ph.D. in American Studies. Her doctoral dissertation analyzes how contemporary black women artists challenge the historical commodification of their bodies. During her doctoral studies, she designed and taught courses in African American literature, culture and history, (post)colonialism, gender and sexuality studies, and performance and visual studies. She also worked as a Research Assistant, conducting research and editing texts for publication. She is a recipient of P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (2012-14) and The Humanities Institute Fellowship (2015-16). During her M.A. studies at the University of Warsaw’s American Studies Center, she spent two semesters at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and participated in the summer institute organized by New York City’s The New School for Social Research. She uses her experience with American higher education in promoting the Fulbright Program in Poland.