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Interview with Carol Cronheim

Carol Cronheim served as deputy chief of policy and planning in the Whitman administration, where she also served as a speechwriter, the senior advisor for cultural affairs, a policy advisor, and as Acting Secretary of State. Governor Whitman nominated Cronheim to serve on the first board of the New Jersey Cultural Trust, where she served as vice chair and chair until 2012. She also served as chair of the State Capitol Joint Management Commission. Cronheim has served on the boards of ArtPride NJ, (the statewide arts advocacy organization), Friends of the State House, the CTW Excellence in Public Service Series, and The Princeton Charter Club. From 2008-2011, Cronheim was the seminar director for Leadership New Jersey. Earlier, she was the legislative director to New Jersey Assemblyman (now Congressman) Leonard Lance (R-23). In 1990 and 1991, she served in the Bush Administration on the staffs of the National Endowment for the Arts and the President’s Commission on the Federal Appointment Process. During the second Kean administration, she worked for the New Jersey Department of State and the Governor’s Office of Constituent Relations. Cronheim is currently New Jersey’s assistant secretary of state. Her responsibilities include the cultural divisions in the Department, including the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the New Jersey Historical Commission, the State Museum, and the Archives. Cronheim has a degree in classics from Princeton University, a master’s in politics from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers.


Interview on February 26, 2015Transcript available here (pdf)