Kimberly Chmielewski
"Each person must live their life as a model for others." - Rosa Parks

Kimberly Chmielewski

Associate | Marketing and Communications

Meet Kim

What I Do at Southwest Michigan First

I support the marketing and communications needs of several divisions within Southwest Michigan First. My main responsibilities include publishing FIRST & 42, Kalamazoo County’s digital newsletter about all things business and community, and managing multiple social media accounts. In my role, I highlight area businesses and promote programs and events throughout our region to foster connection and economic growth so that everyone has an opportunity to flourish. And if you see me at an event, I’ll most likely have a camera in my hand!

Why I Love Working Here

Where do I begin? This is an incredible organization made up of super smart and dedicated people who are fully committed to making Southwest Michigan a place where everyone can thrive, both now and in the future. It is truly an honor to use my skills and expertise to improve the community in which I live, work, and raise my sons, and I am thrilled to be here.

My Favorite Thing About Living in Southwest Michigan

I love the four seasons! There is so much natural beauty in southwest Michigan, from summer at the lakes to the stillness of softly falling snow in the winter, each season brings something fresh and new to look forward to. There is truly something for everyone in this area, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

When I’m Not at Work, You’ll Find Me…

Spending time with friends and family, reading, painting abstract flowers and landscapes, or thrifting for vintage treasures.

My Alma Mater

  • Western Michigan University, BBA in Marketing

A Few Things About Me

  • Favorite Food: Tacos, always.
  • Movie I Can Watch Over and Over: Sense and Sensibility
  • Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
  • My Best Halloween Costume Ever: 1920s Flapper
  • My Hidden Talent: I can quote a lot of lines from the movie, Elf. Like, a lot.