Tufts Parents Leadership Council: An invitation to lead

The Parents Leadership Council is a small group of Tufts parents who facilitate the advancement of the university by serving as ambassadors, providing feedback on special projects, activities and communications, and providing philanthropic support. Members share a common interest in strengthening the academic mission and reputation of the university, and in doing so, enhancing the student experience overall.

Parents Leadership Council members lead by example, demonstrating their support of Tufts by:

  • Making leadership gifts every year in support of the university’s top priorities. 
    • Members donated $6 million collectively in FY19
    • 8 PLC families participated in our incredibly successful 2018 #TuftsGivingTuesday as challenge donors
  • Hosting and attending receptions to introduce university leadership to parents in their regions as well as hosting summer receptions to welcome incoming students and their families to Tufts
    • Over the last year, PLC members attended and/or hosted gatherings that included our Deans, Director of Athletics, Varsity Coaches and the Career Center
    • Seventeen Welcome Receptions for the Class of 2023 were held throughout the world
  • Serving as ambassadors by fostering relationships with fellow parents to broaden their knowledge of the university and encourage their support
    • Welcomed over half of the class of 2023 through individual outreach efforts to new Jumbo families
    • Served as panelists and speakers at events around the country
  • Providing feedback and guidance on special projects as needed
  • Identifying opportunities for corporate or foundation support through personal and professional networks
  • Attending the Parents Leadership Council reception and annual meeting held every fall during Parents and Family Weekend
    • Special guest speakers have included Tufts President, Provost, Deans, and other senior administrators 

Parents Leadership Council members receive exclusive e-newsletters and communications from Tufts. Members benefit from invitations to special events and reserved seating at certain university events.

Council membership is by invitation. If you would like to learn more about the Parents Leadership Council, please contact: Gina DeSalvo at gina.desalvo@tufts.edu.

See the complete list of Parents Leadership Council members

A message from the Parents Leadership Council Co-Chairs