Izabela Chmielewska

Program Manager, Open Gov Hub


Izabela leads the design and implementation of Open Gov Hub programs and events for members and the public, fostering engagement, communication, and evaluation. Her experience encompasses public policy and international development  issues ranging from political instability in Cameroon and Kosovo to disaster recovery in Pakistan and Japan.

Izabela has worked and consulted for the World Bank intermittently since 2010, focusing on social protection, education, fragility and conflict, and youth and innovation. She also served as the Project Manager for the UCLA Luskin School Global Public Affairs program, leading events and communications. In 2015, Izabela provided strategic consulting advice for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Catholic Sisters Initiative on their international philanthropic work, particularly serving vulnerable groups in India and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals at the grassroots level. She is the cofounder of Akhandataa | Solutions for Impact, a start-up providing strategy design, impact assessment, and collaboration acumen with integrity.

An unrepentant believer in human compassion, Izabela believes that making a positive impact in this world is possible if all of us find a path to peaceful cooperation. She was born in the Polish city of Warsaw, a city of resilience and transformation. Her roots have given her a strong faith in human progress, and the immigrant experience inspired her to think globally.

Joined GI:



B.A., Political Science and International Affairs, Emmanuel College; M.P.P., University of California, Los Angeles


English, French, Polish

Works in:

Washington, DC


Warsaw, Poland