Candidate to represent the School of Arts & Sciences on the Alumni Council.
STATEMENT: I bleed brown and blue. Every day I am grateful for my Tufts experience, because of how it keeps me connected to friends and loved ones, builds bridges to new people, and informs my career. I am honored to have been nominated to serve on the Alumni Council. Joining this team would not only solidify and enhance the bonds that I already have to my alma mater but also allow me to share unique insights forged by a family bond with the school and a career working to improve higher education.
Tufts’ history is part of me. Since 1939, my family has had an almost unbroken presence at Tufts—as undergraduate, dental, and graduate students; coaches; staff members; and professors. My grandfather grew up in Medford and used the G.I. Bill and a job washing the floor of Cousens Gym to be the first member of his family to go to college and launch a multi-generational link to Tufts University. In the 1940’s, he was Tufts’ first hockey coach; by the ‘70’s he was granted life membership on the Alumni Council. My father was living in Wren Hall when Barnum Hall burned down. He later served two terms on The Parents Leadership Council. We have five Jumbo Club Award recipients in our clan (and are hoping to add more; two of my cousins have played on recent championship Jumbo teams). One of my uncles teaches at the Dental School and, for several years after her own Tufts graduation, my sister worked as Coordinator for the Boards of Advisors. Even if my personal campus legacy is somewhat less illustrious, as a result of these connections—and a very happy four years spent there—to me, the Hill is home and Tufts means family.
And I live that sentiment. For almost ten years, through the Tufts Alumni Network (TAN, formerly TAAP), I have annually interviewed upwards of 20 aspiring Jumbos. This year I serve as the TAN Regional Chair for Washington, DC and Delaware. For more than half a decade now, I volunteered with the Tisch Summer Fellows program, an effort to repay the benefits I received from being a student participant its inaugural summer (then the Tufts CASE Program). Through these two programs and as a member of the Washington Chapter of the Tufts Lawyers Association, Tufts University Career Network, and Tufts Handshake Group, I have served as mentor to current undergraduate, Fletcher, Friedman, and Vet students, as well as to young alumni and prospective Jumbos, and built some lifelong friendships doing it. It’s been a special pleasure to meet and help new generations of Tufts alumni.
In turn, this volunteer work fuels my passion, and my career. As a university consultant, project and grant manager, and occasional lecturer, higher education continues to play a critical role in all aspects of my life. I understand that alumni have a crucial role to play in understanding a school’s brand and defining its future. As a communications strategist and lawyer, I have helped members of the Ivy League, flagship state schools, and NESCAC colleges rebrand themselves, improve development and alumni outreach, and address some of the most critical issues facing universities today, including rising costs, campus safety, education for employment, Greek life, town-gown relations, and U.S. News rankings. Consequently, I have learned models that work well and have seen institutional choices fail. This insider knowledge makes me not only eager to serve my alma mater but well-equipped to help Tufts continue to thrive.
This combination of family history and continued dedication to the school—along with a rich in-the-field understanding of the challenges and opportunities American universities face—makes me uniquely qualified to serve on the Alumni Council. I am grateful to understand where the institution has been, proud to have been part of its journey, and excited to see what Tufts can be in the future. I appreciate your vote, and look forward to hearing how I might advance your vision for our shared school. Go Jumbos!
- High School Diploma, Severn School, 2002
- Bachelor of Science (BS), Tufts University, College of Arts & Sciences, 2006
- Juris Doctorate (JD), Notre Dame Law School, 2009
- Master of Laws (LLM), New York University School of Law, 2011
- Senior Counsel & Head of Strategic Communications Practice Group, Cameron, LLP
- Founder & Principal Consultant, Private Reputation Management Services
- Vice President, Powell Tate | Weber Shandwick (An InterPublic Group Company)
- Regional Chair Washington, DC and Delaware, Tufts Admission Network (TAN), 2020-Present
- Volunteer Alumni Interviewer, TAN (formerly TAAP), 2012-Present
- Undergraduate Group Facilitator, Tisch College Summer Fellow Program, Summer 2020
- Fletcher, Friedman, and Tufts Veterinary School Group Facilitator, Tisch College Summer Fellow Program, Summer 2019
- Panel Speaker and Workshop Host, Tisch College Summer Fellow Program, Summers 2014-2016
- Alumni Mentor, Tisch College Summer Fellow Program (formerly CASE Program), 2013-Present
- Member; Alumni mentor; former member DC Steering Committee, Tufts Lawyers Association, 2009-Present
OTHER PROFESSIONAL / VOLUNTEER AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:
- Member, QualityMD, Corporate Advisory Board, 2020 – Present
- Student Project Judge, Washington Metro Semi-Finals Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), 2020 – Present
- Member, College Food Network, Corporate Advisory Board, 2020 – Present
- Member, Center for International Career Advancement, Board of Advisors, 2020 – Present
- Alumni Mentor, Severn School, 2019 – Present
- Founding Member, The Quin, 2019 – Present
- Reunion Committee Member and LL.M. Fundraiser, New York University School of Law, 2019 – Present
- High School Mentor and Coach, NFTE, 2019 – Present
- Volunteer at monthly food distribution center and soup kitchen, Maryland Food Bank, Freetown Food Pantry (part of the Maryland Food Bank), 2016 – 2018
- Volunteer Judge/Jury Member, Great American Mock Trial Invitational (GAMTI), 2012 – Present
- Jefferson Islands Club, 2012 – Present
- Co-Chair, Membership Committee, re-elected biennially, 2016 – Present
- Governor, re-elected biennially, 2013 – Present
- LLM Lead, New York University School of Law Fundraising Committee, 2010 – 2011
- Member, The Algonquin Club of Boston, 2009 – 2018
- Member, The Historic George Town Club, 2006 – 2016
- Member, Severn School Alumni Association, 2002 – Present
- Warren L. Price, A43, AG72P, A75P (grandfather)
- William D. Duryea, II, A50, A81P (great-uncle)
- Kathryn Lundegren Duryea, J53, A81P (great-aunt)
- William W. Price, AG72 (uncle)
- Peter T. Cressman, DG73 (uncle)
- Timothy F. Price, A75, A06P, A15P (father)
- Russell O'Brien, A79, A20P (cousin)
- Linda Duryea, J81, A20P (cousin)
- William D. Duryea, IV, A12 (cousin)
- Emily H. Price, A15 (sister)
- Harrison L. Duryea-O'Brien, A20 (cousin)