Friday, June 8
10th Reunion Event at Short Path Distillery
71 Kelvin Street, Everett, MA
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, June 9
Hall of Flags, Cabot
10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Tufts Fund Donor Thank You Reception
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Brown & Blue BBQ
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Shared Interest Group Events (More Details Coming Soon)
Various locations on-campus
Class of 2008 Reception
Tisch Library Roof
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sunday, June 10
Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Catch up with these classmates at Back To The Hill!
Where do you live?
What have you been up to?
I am a staff attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), where I serve as the project coordinator for the Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime (CLAVC) Project. In this role, I serve victims of crime in multiple areas of law, including family, immigration, employment, housing, consumer fraud, and more.
Tram has a history of fiercely advocating for racial and ethnic minorities, immigrant women, families with children, and more—working with them one-on-one and pushing for laws that improve their rights.
The first in her family to attend college, Tram went to Tufts intending to pursue pre-med.
I thought that I would become a pediatrician to help children. I took Race in America with Professor Wu and that class completely changed my life. My image of lawyers had always been from Law and Order and ambulance chasers—I had no idea my future career even existed! Through Tufts connections and a grant, I took an internship at GBLS in the Asian Outreach Unit and that led to my current role.
What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment in the past ten years?
I am the very first Vietnamese American woman to run for public office in the history of the Commonwealth.
Tram is running for State Representative for 18th Essex, which includes parts of Andover, Boxford, North Andover, and Tewksbury.
How did Tufts impact your life?
Beyond learning about the importance of civic engagement and active citizenship, I found my voice at Tufts—I learned to speak up for myself and speak up for others.
Where are you currently living?
What industry are you currently working in?
I work at National Grid, the electric and gas utility. I am part of the Leadership development program, a two year rotational program for MBA graduates.
What inspired you to pursue a career in this field?
Ever since I remember, I have been passionate about solving environmental challenges. My professional goal is to transition our energy production to clean and renewable sources. I currently work at National Grid on infrastructure projects that support more renewable energy integration and achieve our 80% carbon emissions reduction goal by 2050.
What is your biggest professional accomplishment in the past ten years?
After college, I started a company with a few of my Tufts classmates (Jared Rodriguez and Jesse Gossett) helping northeast communities develop local renewable energy projects. In 2009 We were selected as the top entrepreneurs under 25 by BusinessWeek.
What is your biggest personal accomplishment? (if different than #4)
Other than finding and marrying my wife Emma (also a Jumbo!), my biggest personal accomplishment was finishing my first marathon. Those who knew me at Tufts understand that I’m not the most athletic person, so this was a big deal for me.
How did your experience at Tufts impact your pursuits and accomplishments?
Tufts gave me the tools to explore my passion for the environment and figure out how to turn that into a career. Not only did I gain exposure to possible career paths through my engineering and liberal arts education, but I was able to research green roofs and present my findings to the EPA, helped put together Tufts’ first energy conference, and attend the first World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi as a part of the only group of undergraduate students there. These formative experiences helped me set the path to where I am today.
Class of 2008 10th Reunion Committee
Kaleigh Fitzpatrick Hogan
Honorary and baby Jumbos at Back to the Hill
As the number of adorable baby photos seems to be increasing exponentially these days, we recognize that some of you might have a small Jumbo in tow for the weekend. To accommodate you, we welcome children of all ages to the BBQ and Sunday's Carmichael brunch, and we will have special pricing, activities, and food for the little ones.
We'd love for you to be able to focus on partying with your favorite Tufts people while you have the chance at the soiree, so we'd recommend leaving the little ones home for the evening's festivities.
You are also more than welcome to bring honorary Jumbos in all forms (spouses, partners, and others) to any of the events. Just purchase them a ticket during the registration process.