Board | Members

Ramin Arani (A’92)

Executive Board

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

Executive Board

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

Executive Board

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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Hsiu-Lan Chang

Executive Board

Hsiu-Lan Chang is a small business owner and artist with a vision rooted in community volunteerism, shaped by her sojourn in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Monte-Carlo and Boston. She speaks her native Shanghainese in addition to Japanese, French, Italian and English and has 35 years of prior experience in global marketing, sales and client service in the financial services industry. In addition to her numerous community endeavors, she is a founding member and Chair of The Friends of Madame White Snake that produced the Pulitzer-Prize winning opera, Madame White Snake.

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Elyse Cherry

Executive Board

Elyse D. Cherry is CEO of Boston Community Capital (BCC) and President of Boston Community Venture Fund and Aura Mortgage Advisors, BCC affiliates.  Cherry helped found BCC in 1984, and has been integrally involved in its growth from a start-up organization to what is, today, a national model for community investment.  Under her leadership, BCC has invested more than $850 million in underserved communities, financing affordable housing, jobs and opportunities for low-income people.
 
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Fred Chicos

Executive Board

Frederick H. Chicos is the Chairman of Christie & Associates, LLC. A 1976 graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Chicos is a nationally renowned business leader. Mr. Chicos is the former Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Chickering Group, the nation’s leading provider of student health insurance, which was acquired by Aetna Life Insurance Company in 2003. He is the Chairman of The Christie Foundation, a charitable corporation established by Mr. Chicos focusing on education. 

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David Cuttino

Executive Board

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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David Dapice

Faculty Board

Professor Dapice joined the Tufts faculty in 1973 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1980. He has specialized in development economics, especially in Southeast Asia. He has taken leave at the World Bank (as a Brookings Policy Fellow in 1976-77), the Rockefeller Foundation (1980-81), and the Harvard Institute for International Development (1990-91) where he is now a Faculty Associate engaged in half-time research, supported by foundation grants. He received tenure in 1980 and has served as Chair of the Economics Department. His recent professional activities have centered on researching and assisting with the economic reforms in Vietnam. He has contributed to several books on that topic and teaches at the Fulbright School in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Edward DeMore

Executive Board

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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Anne Goldfeld

Executive Board

Anne is a longtime advocate for the health and human rights of the poor and refugees. She made the first call for an international ban against landmines in 1991 in congressional testimony and in 1988 provided some of the earliest evidence of gender based violence against women in situations of war and torture in the medical literature. She served as medical coordinator for the American Refugee Committee on the Thai-Cambodian border at Site II in 1989 and in 1994 Anne co-founded the Cambodian Health Committee.

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Neva Goodwin

Executive Board

Dr. Neva Goodwin is Co-Director of the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University (www.gdae.org).  She is the lead author of two introductory college-level textbooks: Microeconomics in Context and Macroeconomics in Context, published by M.E.Sharpe. These are the starting points for her effort to develop an economic theory – "contextual economics" – that will have more relevance to real world concerns than does the dominant economic paradigm. 

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Nancy Grossman

Executive Board

Nancy Grossman is a consultant on work-based educational programs for at risk youth in Vermont, and has a long commitment to improving the system of care for disenfranchised youth. Dr. Grossman gained broad administrative, clinical, policy and research experience in the delivery of social/mental health services to children and their families in a variety of community settings in both the public sector (Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Vermont Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, Vermont’s Chittenden East School District, University of Vermont) and the private sector (Northeastern Family Institute, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Smokey House Center). 

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Geoffrey Hamlin

Executive Board

Ira Herman

Executive Board

Ira M. Herman, Ph.D. is tenured professor and director, Center for Innovations in Wound Healing Research, Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Herman holds appointments in the departments of molecular physiology and pharmacology, anatomy & cellular biology, ophthalmology and biomedical engineering. Professor Herman is founding member and director emeritus, Integrated Studies Program, and is currently director, Cell & Molecular Physiology Program, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University School of Medicine. 

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Jaafar Hillawi

Executive Board

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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