Meet One of the Newest Members of the Kean University Foundation’s Board of Directors

April 2024

The Kean University Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to introduce one of the Board’s newest members: Cheryl Quinio-Blodgett ’04 ’05. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Foundation Board, a distinguished group of professionals who generously offer their time and expertise in support of the University.

Blodgett began her career in 1992 as an operations manager for Clemcor Resources, where she provided staffing resources, training and production enhancement guidance to three large banks in New Jersey. In 2002, she became a team leader at Wachovia Bank, where she provided operational support, including executing performance reviews and career development pathways.

In 2004, Blodgett moved into the realm of governmental support as special assistant to the commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Human Services where she represented the Commissioner on various Boards as well as providing support with the roll out of the 2004 Child Welfare Reform Program. She later served as legislative director and special assistant to the commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Personnel, now called the Civil Service Commission where she worked with the Governor’s Counsel’s office with an Executive Order to help active-duty service men and women working for the State of New Jersey continue to keep and earn sick and vacation time while serving. She became the legislative director of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development where she oversaw the procedural process used by legislators while maintaining the integrity of the state’s rules and regulations.

The following year, Blodgett took on the role of president of Keenyo Consultants, LLC., an organization specializing in resume assistance, interview skills, grant writing, fundraising and event planning. She has also worked on various political campaigns supporting women like Nia Gill for Congress, Barbara Buono for Governor and Janice Kovach for Congress. She was hired to take on a part time role as Political Director of CWA 1039, the first Filipino American to hold the title of political director in New Jersey. She worked with Middlesex County in both their Office of Emergency Management and Purchasing Departments.

In 2017, Blodgett returned to the world of finance as an assistant supervisor for JP Morgan Chase. For more than four years, she oversaw a team of administrative assistants for Solutions Asset Wealth Management, managing daily schedules and travel logistics for high-level managing directors, providing research and background information on potential clients and managing both the on- and off-boarding process for employees.

Today, Blodgett is the director of the Business Management for the Chief Investment Office at UBS Americas, a role she has held since September 2021. She previously held memberships within the American Society of Public Administrators, the New Jersey Women’s Political Caucus, Women Advocating for Good Government and the Filipino American Political Action Committee. Earlier this semester, Blodgett addressed students in Kean’s College of Business and Public Management at a Dean’s Forum held on Thursday, February 22. Her presentation, titled The Crooked Line: Not All Career Paths are Straight, was well-received by those in attendance.