Associate Director, Alumni Career Services
As Associate Director of Alumni Career Services, I manage a program that provides lifelong career services for more than 70,000 alumni from Arts & Sciences, Engineering and SMFA. I think of ACS as the best kept secret at Tufts (though we’re pretty good at marketing, as 70K is a big population) because alumni and students are often unaware of the resource, and when they discover it, they’re pleasantly surprised. Many universities do not have the resources to provide this service to alumni, while Tufts continues to invest in alumni career development.
While I sit in the Career Center on the Medford campus, I partner closely with the Office of Alumni Relations and University Advancement to connect with the alumni community. My favorite part of the job has always been 1-1 career advising, and in this role, I speak with alumni around the globe. Before I worked with alumni, I worked with undergraduate and graduate students at Tufts, so many of the alumni I connect with are people I met as students. It is gratifying to continue to be a part of their lives as they transition to their next career phases.
Before Tufts, I worked at Boston College, my alma mater, where I did my undergraduate degree in Psychology, graduate work in Higher Education and began my career in career development. Over the years, I have committed to serving populations who have been underrepresented on college campuses. I’ve served as co-chair of the International Student Services Committee with the National Career Development Association and Vice President of Research for the Alumni Career Services Network.
I live with my son, husband and puppy north of Boston, and I spend lots of time with my extended and boisterous Irish family. A lifelong Massachusetts native, I follow the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics.
Most interesting/unusual job: Some of the interesting jobs that make up my career include my very first job in high school assisting a dental hygienist – which I fondly describe as “cleaning spit”; my shortest job (1 day) selling fire extinguishers over the phone; and the most interesting jobs (there are 2) supporting two scientists at different technology companies – a physicist who invented the sensor that assisted in deploying the first car airbag and an engineer who invented the first digital camera.
Associate Director, Employer Relations
My role in the Career Center is to work with employers across all industries to help connect them to our Tufts community of faculty and departments as well as connect students to internships, co-ops, and full-time positions after graduation. The Employer Relations team also partners with employers to host events and workshops that provide opportunities for students to learn about industries and undertake their own career exploration while at Tufts.
Most interesting/unusual job: I served as a tour guide for the Space Needle in Seattle, WA during graduate school. I got to speak with lots of folks from around the world and learned a lot about the Pacific Northwest.
Associate Director, Graduate Career Services
I provide career advising to graduate students in Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in all phases of career readiness, including, but not limited to: identifying and articulating career interests/competencies/values, developing networking skills, and employing internship and job search strategies. I am also responsible for the design and delivery of innovative career and professional development programming to ensure that graduate students are prepared for careers after Tufts. I work closely with colleagues across campus to develop strategies and needs assessments to identify opportunities to grow our support of graduate students.
After 10+ years in business strategy, planning, and consulting roles across a variety of industries, I transitioned from industry in 2010 and launched a private career strategy and coaching business. In addition to private practice, I have also worked as an Adjunct Professor teaching career planning and management, an executive search consultant, an executive function coach, a guest professor for a university Physician Assistant program, and a volunteer career coach for the Institute for Career Transitions.
Most interesting/unusual job: The first job I ever had – and loved – was as a cook, cashier, and server at a fried chicken restaurant “famous” for its hand cut, pressure-cooked fries called “Jo Jo’s.” If not for nearly burning my eyebrows off in a pizza oven pilot light predicament, I might still be there. Sadly, it has been closed for many years and its delicious recipes lost with it.
I’ve enjoyed being a member of the Career Center team since 2006. As the department administrator, I supervise our front desk and student assistants, handle all general office communications and manage overall operations of the department. I’m always happy to answer your questions about the Career Center, help you access any of our resources, or just chat — about Tufts or anything else!
I earned my BA in biology from Mount Holyoke College and a JD from Boston College Law School before making my way to higher ed. I am the proud parent of a 2016 Tufts grad and a 2019 Endicott grad, and when I’m not working, you can find me exploring antique/flea markets, reading, and adding to my jungle of houseplants.
Most interesting/unusual job: During my first job out of college I worked as a lab tech for Dr. Ralph Isberg at Tufts School of Biomedical Sciences. I learned a variety of research skills (including how to sequence DNA, which now takes a fraction of the time it took us), and I had a fantastic boss/mentor with a great sense of humor. I also got to tell anyone who asked that I was studying Yersinia pseudotuberculosis — reactions to that were priceless!
Recruiting Coordinator, Employer Relations
In my role as Recruiting Coordinator with the Employer Relations team, I work tirelessly to help students participate in activities with their ideal employers. Through impactful, high-value on-campus and virtual employer engagement, we create meaningful ways for students to connect with organizations for current and future opportunities. Some of my duties in this position are to coordinate and run career fairs, on-campus/virtual employer events, on-campus interviews and manage the Handshake database system for the Career Center.
Prior to my role with the Career Center, I worked in the SMFA at Tufts Admissions Office on the Fenway Campus for two years before moving over to the Medford/Somerville Campus to join this team. In my free time I enjoy traveling, going to theatre shows, and checking in on the cuttlefish at the New England Aquarium.
Most interesting/unusual job: I worked as a Guest Services Agent at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego during Comic-Con. It was absolute madness, but in the best possible way.
As a Career Advisor, I have the opportunity to advise students interested in finance and consulting, as well as government, law, and international affairs, and general career areas. I love helping students figure out which career path is the best fit for them. I work with students to create resumes, cover letters, find internship and job opportunities, and improve networking and interviewing skills, including preparation for technical finance and consulting case interviews.
I grew up in Rhode Island and majored in Finance at the College of William and Mary. After college, I worked in management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and in project management at CIGNA. I completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Tufts Career Center in 2007, I worked as the Associate Director of Career Services for Wharton Undergraduates. I am excited to continue building relationships with Tufts students and aim to meet students where they are, academically, professionally, and personally. Outside of work, I love to run, hike, play tennis, and spend time with my 3 kids.
Most interesting/unusual job: Writing interface and data conversion computer programs during my consulting days!
Chris Di Fronzo
Associate Director, Director of Tufts Finance Initiative
I get the opportunity to work with students interested in finance, consulting, entrepreneurship, and real estate. I’m a Double Jumbo with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Management, and I began my career in software at The MathWorks holding roles of successive responsibility including Customer Trainer, Sales Engineer, Consultant, and finally Manager of the Engineering Development Group. Later, I became the sales manager of that company and shortly thereafter made a transition into finance. As a financial advisor, I built a practice from the ground up, helping clients achieve their goals. During most of my time in finance, I also led teams of advisors, all while recruiting, hiring, and training people entering the financial industry. Before returning to Tufts in my current role, I was a Managing Director at a private wealth advisory group in Rhode Island.
Outside of my daily Jumbo thing, I like to bake, especially breads. I make a kick butt bagel from scratch, my cranberry walnut celebration bread is a Thanksgiving hit, and my panettone makes December feel like spring; and while waiting for my dough to rise, I am an avid reader of history.
Most interesting/unusual job: After achieving Double Jumbo status, I joined a hospitality company and spent a summer giving tours to folks vacationing in Boston while driving a trolley.
Executive Director, ad interim
In my role as Interim Executive Director, it is my honor and privilege to lead an enormously talented team of career professionals to assist AS&E undergrads, grad students and alumni of Tufts. In my previous role as Director of Career Development for the Career Center, I led advising, career education, and programming efforts to help students with exploring options, making progress along their career journeys, and achieving their definitions of success and career readiness. I love the liberal arts, of which I’m a strong advocate for so many reasons — not the least of which is that it’s a tremendous value in the job market and the future of work. Tufts students and alumni are second to none, and working with them is a highlight of my career. Also, having been a first generation college student, I value equity and access in education.
My roles prior to Tufts involved working at a number of colleges and universities in Massachusetts, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels of career education in a variety of fields, programs and majors.
Most interesting/unusual job: Some of my jobs prior to grad school included retail sales, wait staff at a restaurant (helped get me through college), and an internship with a human services agency focused on women (learned that I am committed to people in need and to human services). I also served as a TA and peer advisor in the Psychology department where I received my undergrad degree and realized that I really love working with students and faculty in higher ed!
Associate Director, Engineering Career Services
I provide career advising and programming for all engineering and computer science and physical science students. I am a Jumbo (from long ago) and have been back at Tufts in the Career Center for 14 years. Prior to Tufts, I spent many years at Analog Devices in progressive Human Resources roles, the most recent being World-Wide Manager of College Relations. I like to say that I just changed sides of the desk when I moved to the Tufts Career Center.
I have an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources from the Johnson School at Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tufts University. I am married with two “old” sons, a daughter-in-law and a 4-year-old granddaughter!
Most interesting/unusual job: Right after grad school, I sold hats with my aunt.
Career Advisor / Multimedia & Communications Specialist
I support the Career Center’s behind-the-scenes efforts to connect students with the resources and information they need to succeed in their career journeys. I enjoy leveraging my career advising background when working to strengthen our website and virtual resources, as well as our email and print communications. In addition, I’m excited to serve as an advisor for students exploring Government/Law/International Affairs career paths, helping them to research options that energize and interest them. Prior to Tufts, I received my Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, and before that, I worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Indiana, providing adult education programs for homeless individuals. Beyond Tufts, I love to read, spend time outdoors, and write letters — fancier if you call it “correspondence.”
Most interesting/unusual job: Oh, where to begin? My mom is an anatomy professor, so I’ve transported cadavers in her lab, ordered crickets and chemicals from biological supply catalogs, and performed various dissections. Beyond that, high school years spent working at Dairy Queen mean that I can tell you anything you need to know about making blizzards or ice cream cakes. I also worked at the only all-metal whistle factory in the U.S. (they provide gold-plated whistles for Super Bowl refs).
I bring has more than 15 years of experience helping prospective law school applicants. I worked in student affairs and career planning at Bowdoin College for 12 years and spent 3 years as the Director of Pre-Law Services at AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on legal education and supporting the next generation of lawyers. I graduated at the top of my class from the University of Maine School of Law and was a bankruptcy and business attorney for several years before moving into higher education.
Whether you have a dream job in mind or you don’t know where to begin, I will help you get started, reflect, and find opportunities to explore your interests, develop your talent, and prepare for your future. I hold a Masters of Education in College Student Development Administration from Seattle University, and I’ve worked with college students across a variety of majors over the last 10 years. I specialize in career exploration and even teach the class on it! It’s called “Designing your Career Journey,” a 7-week course offered through the Experimental College that provides you with a framework for exploration and helps you build a plan to make the most out of your time at Tufts. I particularly love working with students who are undecided or looking for creative ways to combine their various interests.
Most interesting/unusual job: I was a pre-school ballet instructor in high school.
Assistant Director, Employer Relations
I was born and raised in Massachusetts and enjoyed our sometimes-extreme four seasons before graduating from UMass Amherst in 2010 and moving to San Francisco in search of adventure. Once there, I found myself working at an administrator for Booz Allen before ultimately moving into recruiting at Facebook and then Twitter, where I recruited on the university team. After several years in SF, I decided I wanted to move back to Massachusetts to leverage my university recruiting experience to help students. Working on the Employer Relations team helps me do just that. I work closely with employers to plan events and promote opportunities in order to connect them to our fantastic Jumbo community. Seeing a student excitedly connect with an employer or accept a job offer is what energizes me in my work.
Most interesting/unusual job: Probably when I worked in a club as a barback when I first moved to San Francisco. It was hard work and there was never a dull moment!
I focus on early career engagement programs, individual career advising, and teach a course on Personal Career Development. My background has included working with traditional and non-traditional aged students at commuter and residential colleges throughout Massachusetts, including Bunker Hill Community College, MIT, Northeastern, and Brandeis University. I’m the child of immigrants from Montserrat, West Indies, and I have a particular interest in studying the college adjustment, academic retention, and career development strategies of first generation college students, women in underrepresented careers, and international students.
I hold a Master’s of Science degree in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University, and prior to my graduate study I earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Bachelors of Arts in African American Studies from Oberlin College. In my spare time I enjoy tennis, reading books on personal finance, and attending dance and music performances.
Most interesting/unusual job: I worked at a card store reading cards out loud to the blind.
I hold an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and I’ve worked in college career advising across different majors for over 12 years at schools like Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University and Syracuse University before joining Tufts. I specialize in helping students explore all of their options for professional opportunities as well as resources for creative careers in the arts and communications and media sectors — whether pursuing their artistic practice full-time or engaging in work that allows their creative process to flourish.
Most interesting/unusual job: While acting in Chicago, the most interesting side hustle I had was as a retail sales associate at a high-end pet product boutique called “Barker and Meowsky: A Paw Firm.” Oprah filmed an episode in our store, and when we were part of the live audience for the premiere, Oprah brushed my shoulder in the aisle and said, “Hey, darling.”
Assistant Director, Alumni Career Services
My path to becoming a career coach began in college, when I stumbled into being a Career Center Peer Advisor. I’ve been happily helping people connect with work they love ever since. After an undergrad degree in English and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, I’ve had a variety of jobs, including helping staff at an Army Base that was closing and people affected by layoffs. I also learned about the “other side” of hiring through my work as a Recruiter in Human Resources. At Tufts, I help alumni of all career stages manage their careers, including job search, on-the-job success, graduate school, and finding meaning and purpose at any age. I meet one on one with alumni, and I also enjoy designing and leading workshops and webinars. I especially love helping others learn strategies they can use throughout their lives.
Most interesting/unusual job: My most surprising job (for those that know me well), was when I cleaned houses.