Board | Members

Ramin Arani (A’92)

Member

Ramin Arani is a portfolio manager for Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm.  He manages Fidelity Puritan Fund.  Mr. Arani joined Fidelity’s equity research group in 1992 covering defense electronics companies.  He subsequently followed real estate investment trusts through 1996.  From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Arani covered the pharmaceutical sector and managed Fidelity Select Health Care Portfolio and Fidelity Advisor Health Care Fund.  

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Robert Bendetson (A’73)

Co-Chair

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, a data science, intelligence and venture investment firm. Jeff is a highly talented business leader, with expertise guiding organizations to achieving maximum value. Prior to Sierra International, Mr. Blum was Managing Partner of Sierra Vista Group, an international technology and advisory consulting company. 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 opportunities 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 CEO and a founder of the Boston Digital Bridge Foundation (BDBF); a privately funded 501 © (3) 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 manages 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. 

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Jaafar Hillawi

Member

Jaafar Hillawi is a Senior Vice President and the Middle East/North Africa Regional Executive for URS Corporation.  His responsibilities include overseeing business development and operational activities of the URS’s Energy & Construction and the Infrastructure & Environment divisions.  Jaafar has more than thirty five years project management, business development and engineering experience in the design, construction and start up of petroleum refineries, gas processing and infrastructure facilities.   

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Maria Figueroa Kupcu (A’93)

Member

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.

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Bruce Male (A’77)

Member

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)

Co-Chair

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. Prior to that he worked as a staff counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce. Bill served for eighteen years as a Trustee of Tufts and is now a Trustee Emeritus.

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Mark Munger

Member

Mark Munger, Ed. M, CAS, is a Senior Associate at the Positive Deviance Initiative in Boston, MA. After a career in management consulting, Mr. Munger began a decade ago to develop the theory and practice of Positive Deviance as a social and behavioral approach to seemingly intractable problems. He has applied PD to healthcare challenges such as hospital acquired infection and pain management in hospitals from Maine to Kentucky to Minnesota.

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Irwin Rosenberg

Member

Irwin H. Rosenberg, M.D. is a University Professor at Tufts University and a senior scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.  Dr. Rosenberg served as Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University from 1995-2004.  He served for 15 years as the Director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center, which studies the interaction of aging and nutritional/dietary factors as well as the way in which diet, nutrition, and physical activity can modulate or prevent degenerative diseases of aging.  The recent focus of his research has been on vitamin metabolism in brain, especially folate and cerebrovascular disease, as well as stroke and cognitive decline. 

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Jennifer Selendy

Member

Jennifer M. Selendy is a partner in the litigation group in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s New York office. She has a broad trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts, as well as domestic and international arbitration. She focuses on antitrust, and also handles intellectual property, securities and other complex business litigation matters.  Selendy was a 1995 graduate of Harvard University Law School, received her undergraduate degree in international relations from Tufts University,  and was a Marshall Scholar at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, from 1990 to 1992, where she completed her M.Phil. in international relations.

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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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