Welcome to “3 Questions with …”, a recurring feature on the Career Center blog. We’re asking alumni of all graduation years and career interests to share a bit of their experiences and advice. 

Lisa Zingman, A’12, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

1. In just a few sentences, please tell us about your current job/graduate program/vocational endeavor.

I am a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary. ACF administers a wide variety of human services programs such as Head Start preschools, Child Care grants, Refugee Resettlement, Child Welfare, and Foster Care. I work on projects across programs including those related to tribes, data, emergency preparedness, rural communities, and contracting..

2. How did your time at Tufts influence your career journey?

At Tufts, I majored in Community Health and Sociology. Tufts is where I first discovered my passion for improving the social determinants of health. I have been working on improving the lives of children and families using government programs and research since I graduated.

3. What advice would you offer to a student who wants to pursue a career path like yours?

My top advice is to talk to people in the field using informational interviews. I started doing informational interviews during my Senior year at Tufts and it helped me narrow in on what kind of job I wanted after college. I’d also recommend doing internships as a student that give you diverse experiences. The Boston area is such a rich environment for these experiences so take advantage!

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By Malakia Silcott
Malakia Silcott Associate Director