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Dec 6, 2023

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Piast Institute Selects

Hamtramck, MI – At the September 29, 2018 Piast Institute Board meeting, Ms. Virginia Skrzyniarz, CPS, was approved enthusiastically by the entire Board as the Chief Executive Officer of the Piast Institute.  Her experience and leadership were recognized as outstanding. 

Ms. Skrzyniarz, co-founder of the Piast Institute, has more than 35 years of experience in managing non-profit organizations. She has served as an executive level administrator with duties in personnel, risk management, and supervision of employees and facilities. In addition to the Piast Institute, Ms. Skrzyniarz has also been involved with other boards and organizations that include: Hamtramck Drug Free Community Coalition, Detroit Agency on Aging Advisory Board, Drug Free Communities (DFC), Past Chair of Hamtramck Federally Qualified Health Clinic Board, Census Complete Count Committee 2020, Census Hamtramck Complete Count 2010 Committee.

Prior to co-founding the Piast Institute, Ms. Skrzyniarz was the chief of staff at St. Mary’s College, as well as the Executive Director of Hope Network in Southeast Michigan.

Ms. Skrzyniarz is the recipient of a number of awards including the Cavalier’s Cross, Order of Merit from the Republic of Poland for her many years of work dedicated to the promotion of Polish Culture and service to the Polish American community at national and local levels. In addition, Ms. Skrzyniarz was awarded the Michigan Nonprofit Organization of the Year by the Detroit City Council and the American Public Health Association of Black Caucus of Health Workers.

The Piast Institute is a national research center devoted to Polish and Polish American affairs. It is one of fifty two United States Census Bureau Information Centers (CIC) and one of two in the state of Michigan. The Piast Institute is also certified by the Department of Homeland Security as an Immigrant Assistance site to help with visa, documentation and status issues. The Institute’s mission and programming also aims to celebrate Polish contributions to American as well as world culture, and to address and counter inaccurate or defamatory information about Poland, Poles, or Polish Americans and has been doing so for fifteen years.

For more information contact Malgosia Tulecki at or call  313-733-4535 x. 106. Visit: