Maria Figueroa Kupcu (A’93)


Maria Figueroa Kupcu is an A’93 Tufts University graduate and an EPIIC ’93 alum. She is currently a Director in the New York office of Brunswick Group, an international corporate communications partnership. Maria advises clients on issues at the nexus of business performance, sustainability and social impact. Since joining in 2007, she has helped establish the firm’s stakeholder engagement and corporate responsibility practice areas. She specializes in developing corporate reputation campaigns with particular expertise in the consumer industry, energy and natural resources sectors.  Before joining Brunswick, Maria was Director of International Political and Corporate Campaigns at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates. She is an experienced opinion researcher and has advised on a number of presidential campaigns including ones in South Korea, Ukraine, Zimbabwe and the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.  Maria began her career at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a result of meeting an EPIIC symposium guest speaker. As a policy analyst, she focused on civil society engagement in economic and political development and youth activism. She maintains strong ties to civil society groups active on sustainability issues.  From 2005-2009 she was a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and a Ford Foundation grant recipient. She has been a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. And in 2012 she was awarded the Tufts/IGL 2012 Boryana Damyanova Award for Corporate Social Responsibility.  Maria earned a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. She serves on the board of Tufts University's Institute for Global Leadership since 2012.  Born in Rome Italy, Maria speaks fluent Italian and basic French and Turkish. She and her husband are fascinated by tribal carpets, rugs and textiles and turned their hobby into a TriBeCa gallery. Maria lives steps away from the Brooklyn Bridge with her husband and two children.


“I came to Tufts as a student because I was interested in international issues, but EPIIC turned that interest into a life-long passion. Never before had I been in a place that was exploding with so many ideas. EPIIC offered many open doors --- but more importantly -- the encouragement to walk through them.

“I joined the IGL board because I want to contribute to keeping the spirit and the values of the institute strong so that it can continue to inspire, nurture and create many new doorways.”