Connecticut College Magazine · Winter 2008


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Lives: Jon Krawczyk ´92 & Chad Marlow ´94

Lives: Jon Krawczyk ´92 & Chad Marlow ´94
Jon Krawczyk ´92 (L), Chad Marlow ´94

Sculptor Jon Krawczyk ´92: Transforming steel into muscle

The work of artist Jon Krawczyk ´92 has been featured throughout the world in places like the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Deloitte & Touche in New York City, and the AT&T Park in San Francisco. But his most recent project brought him back to his home state, New Jersey.

Krawczyk designed the icon for the new Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., home of the New Jersey Devils, where it will be installed in a park that the team is designing. As part of a Newark revitalization project, he created a massive stainless steel, 20-foot-high sculpture of a Devils hockey player.

“It´ll almost look like someone´s breaking through the ice,” he said of his sculpture´s muscular design.

As a child, Krawczyk and his family enjoyed attending Devils´ games. Today he lives in California, but he remains a New Jersey fan.

Krawczyk said that his interest in art stems back to his childhood since his family collects sculptures. When he attended Connecticut College, he decided to minor in art history to learn more about the pieces his family owned and other works of art.

“This helped guide my critical eye of other works,” he said. “I was very interested in the arts, so this helped lead me to where I am today.”

After graduating from Connecticut College with a degree in economics, Krawczyk studied fine art throughout Europe and worked with acclaimed sculptors. These experiences have influenced his artwork. He is also inspired by both the techniques and philosophies of artists such as Picasso, Henry Moore and David Smith.

For more information about Krawczyk´s work, please visit his Web site at

Chad Marlow ´94: ´Rising star´ in New York City politics

He´s a successful player in the rough-and-tumble world of New York City politics. He´s had an accomplished career at a top Manhattan law firm and internships with outspoken Democratic congressmen such as Sen. Edward Kennedy and Rep. Barney Frank. So where did Chad Marlow ´94 get his first big break in politics? Ask him and he´ll tell you it all started on the Connecticut College campus.

“It was an ideal training ground,” Marlow says. “I was able to make almost every political mistake possible, and to learn from those mistakes, with minimal ramifications.”

Last September, New York´s City Hall newspaper named Marlow a “Rising Star,” including him in its 2007 list of “40 Under 40, The Next Generation of Political Leaders in New York.” Hundreds of candidates were nominated for the award, by elected officials and other major players in the city´s political sphere.

Marlow, who graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in government, attributes his professional and political success in large part to his experiences as an undergraduate. He was active in student government, serving as a senator in his junior year. He says the campus community nurtured his leadership skills and taught him valuable lessons about politics and advocacy.

Now the president of The Public Advocacy Group LLC, which he founded in 2005, Marlow, who also holds a degree from the University of Virginia Law School, offers lobbying and political consulting services for an array of clients, from the New York Yankees and Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. to numerous affordable housing tenant associations.

Marlow says his company lets him combine his talents with his interests. “I had all these lawyer skills from the law firm, and I was very involved in city politics. This was the ideal way to do that,” he says.

His clients praise his initiative, creativity and insight into New York politics. Peter Meitzler, president of the New York City Pedicab Owners´ Association, says Marlow gave his group “a refreshing and inspiring view of how things get done at City Hall,” and served not only as a lobbyist and press liaison but also, when the association went to court, as its general counsel. A judge´s finding for the pedicab owners in January “saved the industry,” Meitzler told the New York press.

Marlow, who is married to fellow Connecticut College alum Goldie Weixel ´97, has always made time for political activism. Even while carrying a heavy litigation load at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, a New York City law firm, he volunteered for Bill Bradley´s 2000 presidential campaign and served as campaign chair and later president of the Village Independent Democrats, the political club where figures like former New York Mayor Edward Koch launched their careers.

Whether Marlow follows in Koch´s footsteps and runs for office remains to be seen. He says he has no immediate plans to do so, but confesses: “I´m only 35. I´ve got a long way to go; you never know what lies ahead.” — Denise R. Oliveira

Lives: Jon Krawczyk ´92 & Chad Marlow ´94

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