Board | Members

Ramin Arani (A’92)

Member

Ramin Arani is the Chief Financial Officer of Vice, a position he has held since November 2019. Prior to this, Ramin was a Portfolio Manager at Fidelity Investments where he had worked since graduating from Tufts University with a BA in International Relations in 1992. Most recently Ramin was Fund Manager of the Fidelity Puritan Fund from February 2008 through September 2018, where the Fund achieved top 5% performance relative to Lipper and Morningstar Balanced Fund Peers over all key performance time periods.

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Robert Bendetson (A’73)

Member

Robert “Bobby” Bendetson is President of The Cabot House, a high-end furniture retailer with stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, and Florida. Cabot House has been a family owned business for four generations, founded by Bobby’s great grandfather in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1912. His father, Norris Bendetson A41, greatly expanded the business and changed its name from the Boston Furniture Company to Cabot House. 

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Jeffrey Blum

Finance Chair

Jeffrey Blum is CEO of Sierra International, an advisory, intelligence and technology firm. Jeff is a highly talented business leader with expertise guiding organizations to achieve maximum value. Prior to Sierra International, Mr. Blum was an executive managing public companies in the financial services space. Jeff has over twenty-five years of management and advisory experience, both domestic and international, with proven results in assisting companies through next stage growth as well as underperforming situations.

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David Cuttino

Member

David D. Cuttino served as Dean of Admissions, Enrollment and External Affairs at Tufts University. He was responsible for undergraduate admissions, financial aid policy, and the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership. He initiated the Tufts Institute for Leadership and International Perspective and a number of scholar programs. He also was Interim Dean of the College of Special Studies. Prior to coming to Tufts, he was Associate Dean of Admissions at Georgetown University where he chaired the committees directing admission to the School of Foreign Service and the School of Business Administration.

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Edward DeMore

Member

Edward L. DeMore is the former CEO and a founder of the Boston Digital Bridge Foundation (BDBF); a privately funded, non-profit corporation founded with technology company executives and government leaders. In collaboration with Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the City of Boston, the Foundation conceived and managed the nationally renowned Technology Goes Home program, a technology education initiative that provides computer training and computers to low-income families in order to help them bridge the digital divide. The goals of the program are to enhance employment opportunities for adults, improve academic performance for children and to increase community collaboration and cooperation within and between Boston’s inner city neighborhoods.

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Eric Del Monaco

Member

Eric is the Chief Risk Officer at Midwest Holding, Inc. Previously, he oversaw all marketing, structuring, trading, syndication, and distribution activities for fixed income; and market risk activities for commodity products within the Americas platform for Natixis CIB Americas. He worked closely with senior management to devise and execute a client-centric strategy, ensuring that we maintain a diversified product mix, and reinforcing the ‘New Dimension’ plan across the Firm’s fixed income and commodity products portfolio. Eric has over 20 years of financial services experience, spent primarily in structuring and credit trading.

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Ioannis D. Evrigenis

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Ioannis D. Evrigenis is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Relations Program at Tufts University. He is the author of Images of Anarchy: The Rhetoric and Science in Hobbes's State of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2014), of articles on a wide range of issues in political theory, and co-editor of Johann Gottfried Herders Another Philosophy of History & Selected Political Writings (Hackett Publishing Company, 2004). He received the 2009 Delba Winthrop Award for Excellence in Political Science for his book Fear of Enemies and Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 2008), as well as the 2016 RSA-TCP Article Prize for Digital Renaissance Research, from the Renaissance Society of America, for his article "Digital Tools and the History of Political Thought: The Case of Jean Bodin." 

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Jared Goldberg (EPIIC’90, A’91)

Member

Since graduating Tufts in 1991, Jared (EPIIC’90, A’91) has had several careers which have taken him to Hong Kong, Milan, Zug, Miami and currently Aspen. From 1998-2009 he traded base metals for Glencore , from 1992-1998 established distribution throughout Asia for US manufacturers with Dorian Drake International and for the past ten years has developed residential real estate projects in Miami and established his own macro fund. With his wife Michelle, they have four children, the eldest, Zac, is attending Tufts and an EPIIC 19 alum.

Maria Figueroa Kupcu (A’93)

Chair

Maria Figueroa Kupcu is a Partner and the Head of the New York office of Brunswick Group, a global advisory firm specializing in critical issues communications. Since joining the firm in 2007, she has counseled corporate and nonprofit leadership teams on engagement strategies during times of significant transition or crisis.

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Kevin Luke

Member

Kevin Luke is currently a Managing Director at Hudson Advisors, a global asset management firm. For the past 8 years, he has run all financing efforts for the North American Real Estate division. Prior to that, he was in a similar role at the Shorenstein Company, and he began his real estate career at Jones Lang LaSalle and The RREEF funds. Kevin has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA (Class of 1993, Economics) from Tufts University, where he participated in planning the 1993 EPIIC Symposium, Changes in the Global Economy. He resides in New York City.

Javier Macaya

Member

Javier Macaya is Spanish citizen with a twenty five-year investment banking career in New York City. Javier currently is a London-based private equity investor and a Director and advisor to Companies in Europe and the Americas. Until May 2016, Javier was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he was responsible for Goldman’s Investment Banking Services for Latin America. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Javier founded and was the CEO of Athelera, LLC, a New York, Bogota and London based M&A boutique investment bank, which he established in January 2000 and ran for fourteen years.

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Bruce Male (A’77)

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Bruce Male is President and Co-Founder of American International Bakeries, Srl (AIB) based in Parma, Italy. AIBis Italy's first producer of bagels and is a premier supplier of American style muffins. He is the former Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of TravCorps Corporation of Malden, Massachusetts, the innovator of traveling nurses and allied health personnel in the U.S. He also a member of the Tufts Board of Trustees and Arts and Science Advisor. Mr. Male Is also on the Board of Trustees of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  He graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Chemistry and Biology.

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William Meserve (A’62; AP’91; GP’92; JP’95; AP’02)

Member

Bill Meserve is a retired partner from the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray, where he served for a time as head of the firm’s litigation group. He has been a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers for over 35 years and was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers of America while actively practicing. Prior to Ropes & Gray, Bill worked as a staff counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce.

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Jennifer Selendy

Vice-chair

Jennifer Selendy is a founding and managing partner of Selendy & Gay. A seasoned trial and appellate lawyer, Jennifer’s leadership has been recognized by Corporate Counsel, which named her 2020’s “Managing Partner of the Year,” and the New York Law Journal, which lists her among 2020’s "Distinguished Leaders." She has been honored in Crain’s “100 Notable Women in Law,” named a “Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer” by Lawdragon, and praised for her skill in complex commercial litigation by The Legal 500.

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Anna Winderbaum, J’90

Member

Anna Winderbaum has been advising wealthy families, foundations and family offices on a comprehensive and holistic basis for over 20 years. She works closely with clients to analyze their overall asset allocation and structure integrated and customized investment solutions that are designed to meet their current and long-term goals. Anna also helps her clients navigate the complexities of wealth and the changes of circumstance that occur in their business and personal lives. Anna co-leads an experienced seven person team within Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management division. Together, Anna and her team deliver the vast capabilities of the Firm to their clients in a highly customized manner.

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Kevin Zhang

Member

Kevin Zhang is the founder and President of Strategic Resource Consultants Limited, which  advises its  clients on their strategic development in the areas of international marketing, investment and international trade.   Prior to founding Strategic Resource Consultants, Mr. Zhang was Executive Vice President for Global Sourcing at Syratech Corporation, responsible for its global operations.  Before joining Syratech Corporation, Mr. Zhang was Director of International Marketing at Cassidy Associates, one of the largest public and government  relations company in Washington DC.  

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