Anna (Pizzo) Abate, E88 of Wellesley, MA

BS, Chemical Engineering, Tufts University, 1988
MBA, Harvard Business School, 1993

Current Occupation: Independent Consultant: Recent for-profit clients include Wayfair,
BFY Brands, and Life is Good; Recent non-profit pro bono clients include Ellis
Memorial, Silver Lining Mentors, and Team Impact

Previous Occupations: Product Manager, MBI, Inc.; New Business Development,
Reebok; Sales and Marketing Manager, Monsanto

Tufts-affiliated Activities: Alumna: Tufts Admission Network (TAN) interviewer 10+
years, Host Committee Tufts Talks Boston, 30-yr Reunion Committee, Giving Tuesday
Outreach Volunteer, Tufts Alumni Association Member. Undergraduate: Founding
President Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, President Panhellenic Council, Tau Beta Pi
Engineering Honors Society Member, Society of Women Engineers Member, AFAA
Certified Instructor Tufts Aerobics Program

Other Professional / Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: HBS Community Action
Partners Pro-Bono Consultant; HBS Reunion Committee; Noble and Greenough School Parent Association Board Member; John D. Hardy Elementary School PTO President, Board Member; Wellesley Junior Women’s Club Treasurer, Board Member; Wellesley Mother’s Forum Treasurer, Board Member; Wellesley United Soccer Club Treasurer, Board Member; Wellesley Youth Hockey Scheduler; Big Sister Mentor

Candidate Statement: I feel incredibly grateful to be a Tufts Alum. As a first generation college student, I couldn’t have dreamed of a better place to learn and thrive both in and outside the classroom. Tufts is my home. I grew up there and gained a solid educational foundation as well as lifelong friends.

Over the years, I have attended a variety of the Tufts Alumni events that include the
Business Leadership Series, Foster Kids Picnic, and single-day volunteer activities such as the Holiday Gift Wrapping and Boston Marathon. I have sought out other ways to volunteer including being an Alumni Interviewer and Reunion Committee Member.

My goal is to not only give back to the University that has given me so much, but also to stay connected with fellow Jumbos. At these events, I have noticed that many of the attendees come with friends or as part of a group, and there are no formal interactions for those in attendance. I always enjoy meeting new people so will continue to attend.

However, when I ask my Tufts friends about their involvement, they don’t feel inspired to go. Engagement is one of the critical areas I would like to serve as an Alumni Council member. I am a firm believer that the more connected and engaged alums feel, the more vocal they become and the more apt to support the University.

I have spent the bulk of my career in leadership roles in both the for-profit and non-profit arenas. I am a creative thinker who thrives on building a strategy around an initiative and then managing the execution of it. I have a collaborative management style and consider myself an excellent communicator. I would be honored to utilize my skills to contribute in a meaningful way to Tufts through the Alumni Council and would be grateful for your support of my candidacy.

Anna (Pizzo) Abate, E88