I recently joined the Tufts Career Center team, and my role focuses on advising graduate engineering students, particularly those participating in the newly established Graduate Cooperative Education Program. I am dedicated to guiding students in their co-op job search, ensuring they are successful in their co-ops and facilitating the overall success of the Graduate Co-op Program. I truly believe in the transformative power of experiential learning. By allowing students to apply the competencies learned from their academics to the workplace, students can develop in environments that are conducive to personal and professional growth.
I am coming to Tufts with experience in higher education, cooperative education, public K-12 schools, start-ups, federally funded programs, and mental health rehabilitation programs. While holding my two credentials as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Career Counselor (CCC), I’ve dedicated my professional career in guiding college students, career changers, and international populations in navigating and succeeding in STEM industries. I am eager to meet and help Tufts students become career ready through cooperative education and experiential learning!
Most interesting/unique job: When I was studying in graduate school, I was working 4 jobs at once! I was a graduate assistant, a barista, an overnight resident assistant at a rehab (we were allowed to sleep), and an on-call home aide for older adults (although I rarely got called in). I would not recommend that anyone work this many jobs at once – especially if you are in graduate school! To no one’s surprise, I ended up getting burnt out and had to quit some of them. I’m glad that work-life balance is something most strive for today, and that as career experts we can bring this topic up in conversation as it relates to our career values.
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 Engagement 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!
Associate Director, Director of Tufts Finance Initiative
I have the opportunity to advise students interested in finance, consulting, entrepreneurship, and business. 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
Director of Career Services
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.
In my role as 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, computer science, and physical science students. I am a Jumbo (from long ago) and have been back at Tufts in the Career Center for 18 years. Prior to Tufts, I spent many years at Analog Devices in progressive Human Resources roles, the final one 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, two daughters-in-law and two grandchildren; a 7-year-old granddaughter, and a three-year-old grandson!
Most interesting/unusual job: Right after grad school, I sold hats with my aunt.
Interested in law? As the pre-law advisor at Tufts, my role is to help students and alumni from any discipline, school, or major to explore career options in the legal profession. It doesn’t matter if you are a new student, recent graduate, or well into your professional career. If law interests you, it’s never too early or late to learn how to explore and pursue it.
I have attended law school, passed the bar exam in Massachusetts, New York, and California and had a rewarding career as a lawyer for over 20 years. I have also taught legal studies courses to undergraduates and advised students at Harvard Law School and Thomas Jefferson School of Law about careers in public interest, international human rights, government, the judiciary, in-house and private practice. My experience includes publishing articles, speaking at conferences and serving on the Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society – San Diego Lawyer Chapter, La Raza Lawyers, Affordable Housing Advocates and the American Bar Association’s Immigration Justice Project. Currently, I am a member of the Women’s Bar Association and formerly chaired the Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in my town.
I grew up in San Diego, and earned my BA at Brown University and JD at Northeastern University School of Law. As a Spanish-speaker, first generation graduate and the daughter of immigrants from Latin America, I am interested in advising all students and alumni from diverse backgrounds. My goal is to provide practical advice about the LSAT, law school admissions, law school applications and career options tailored to your specific needs and interests. I am available to meet with you by appointment on Handshake.
Most interesting/unusual job: As a recent college graduate, I taught English to executives at a laboratory in Costa Rica. While teaching my lessons, I could smell popcorn, watermelon, coffee and other flavorful scents being developed by scientists for commercial use.
Assistant Director, Communications & Marketing / Career Advisor
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 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 them “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).
Recruiting Coordinator, Employer Relations
As Recruiting Coordinator, I support the Tufts Career Center Recruiting program, including hosting career fairs, arranging on-campus interviews, and managing the Handshake job posting platform. Prior to Tufts, I worked for several years with high school students in New York City, leading workshops on various professional development skills and supporting them through paid, mentored internships. I graduated from Smith School for Social Work in 2016, where I earned my LMSW and worked as a counselor in the San Francisco Art Institute counseling center. I also hold a BA in psychology from Skidmore College.
Most interesting/unusual job: I spent a summer in college working at a cupcake stand at the racetrack in Saratoga Springs. I bet on horses during my breaks and never won any money, but I did eat my weight in cupcake frosting!
Assistant Director, Career Mentoring
As Assistant Director, Career Mentoring, I will be helping to optimize the use of the HERD, helping to pilot career mentoring programs, and in the future will be doing some career advising with the Career Center team. I will be working closely with Nicole to brainstorm on the best ways to serve students and alums with mentoring at the heart of what we do.
I first fell in love with higher education during my time at LASPAU, a nonprofit that focused on increasing higher education access in Latin America and the Caribbean. I worked closely to support program advising and the placement of Fulbright students coming to the U.S. I eventually worked with students directly to place them in graduate programs. One of my last roles at LASPAU was to manage the Fulbright client relationships with all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. I found the intricacies of this role fascinating, and it also helped me to understand the legacy of the Fulbright scholarship on a deeper level.
As an undergraduate, I started out as a History and International Relations major but then decided to switch to Economics with a minor in Political Science. In particular, I love behavioral economics. During my time at LASPAU I also got my master’s degree in Mind, Brain, and Education. I became an advocate for Universal Design for Learning. I was deeply honored to be around my classmates who are amazing educators and learned so much from my professors.
After my time in LASPAU, I became a full-time mom. During that time, I had two temporary roles at Tufts—one at the Talloires Network and most recently at the Tufts University Career Center. I am passionate about mentoring, DEI, energized by team building, and workplace training. In my free time, I love to paint, try new cooking recipes, and try to listen to parenting books.
Most interesting/unusual job: I was a parking assistant as an undergraduate from of 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. I basically got to do a lot of homework on those nights. It was the best job as a busy junior in college!
Assistant Director, Employer Relations
As the Assistant Director, Employer Relations, at Tufts, I am excited to engage in employer outreach, partnership development, and campus recruitment activities. I also hold coaching appointments and love having conversations about potential employers and employment opportunities with students. Prior to Tufts, I was in the Assistant Director, Employer Relations, role at Simmons University, where I facilitated connections for undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni to potential employers. My early career focused on international education; I worked for a study abroad program provider for a few years and began my career in higher ed coaching international students from Latin America through the graduate application process at LASPAU, a Harvard University affiliate. I hold a B.A. in Spanish from Ursinus College and an A.L.M. in Museum Studies from the Harvard University Extension School.
Most interesting/unusual job: My first job ever was as a tour guide at Crystal Cave in my home state of Pennsylvania. After that, I was a certified Professional Ski Instructor throughout high school and college at Bear Creek Ski resort.
In my role as Data Analyst, I’m focused on finding ways to best collect, analyze, and report on Tufts Career Center data. Prior to Tufts, I worked for several years at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in a variety of roles.
I earned my Master of Public Affairs degree through the University of Missouri- Columbia. Prior to my graduate program, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and reading books on travel and history.
Most interesting/unusual job: In high school, I was a sportswriter for the local newspaper. I even got to cover a game at Gillette Stadium!
Interim Recruiting Coordinator
As Interim Recruiting Coordinator, I support the Tufts Career Center Recruiting program, including hosting career fairs, arranging on-campus interviews, and managing the Handshake job posting platform. Prior to Tufts, I worked in the biotech and life science industry as a recruiting coordinator matching candidates to various positions in biotech companies around the Boston area and managing interview processes. I graduated from Fisher College, where I earned my BA in communication and media.
Most interesting/unusual job: My sophomore year of college I was working at Kate Spade. One of the tasks was doing trash runs and group of us at the store would jump at the chance to take the trash down to the dumpster. Could you imagine a group of girls excitedly volunteering to take out trash?! It was our way of goofing off and getting out of the store.
I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to provide career advising and programming to students interested in Government & International Affairs. Through a series of happenstance events, my passion for international affairs led me to working with the United Nations and its associated NGOs since 2009. I have represented two NGOs associated with the UN for over 10 years and served as co-chair; youth subcommittee, for the UN NGO conference planning committees in France, Mexico City, Australia, and Germany. I have a Masters in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from Fordham University.
I grew up in Maine as a first-generation student, studying Communication as an undergraduate. After college, I worked at ESPN sports television within Sales/Commercial Operations. Prior to Tufts, I chose to transition into the field of international education in New York City to focus on helping international students abide by numerous government immigration regulations to obtain work authorization and get jobs and internships in the U.S.
Most interesting/unusual job: I spent a summer in college working two internships: NBC’s Entertainment, Press & Publicity office, and Atlantic Records in NYC. I attended Saturday Night Live and saw lots of concerts. I spent another summer as a tour guide in New Haven, Connecticut for the Special Olympics Summer World Games, which attracted 70,000 people at the Yale Bowl.
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.
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, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern, and Brandeis University. I am 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 Masters 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 articles 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.
Assistant Director, Business & Finance
I am thrilled to join the Tufts Career Center to help students prepare & navigate through their job searches. I bring 20+ years’ experience working in every aspect of Corporate & Independent Talent Acquisition within the Financial Services & Technology industries. I’ve overseen the hiring of thousands of professionals over the course of my career. I spent 10+ years in house at Fortune 100 Financial Services Companies & Tech startups leading the Talent Acquisition functions while always remaining a hands-on recruiter.
I am a first-generation college student from suburban Boston and earned a degree in Finance from Villanova University. I have a passion for entrepreneurial endeavors and have started, run & sold a few small businesses of my own. I also enjoy helping individuals advocate for themselves, particularly when it comes to negotiating pay & job offers in general. Outside of work, I specialize in being a taxi driver and hockey & dance mom for my two children. I love live music, live sports & skiing!
Most interesting/unusual job: I worked for the postal service delivering mail one summer during college! Professionally, my most interesting job was leading Talent Acquisition for a Tech company scaling & going public in the middle of a global pandemic.
My goal is to help students in SMFA and A&S explore and discover careers that they love in Arts, Communications and Media. My passion is working with students and creating space for them to reflect and ask big questions. Prior to Tufts, I spent over a decade working on student service programs and community partnerships at the University of San Francisco and Boston College. I earned a BA in English from SUNY Buffalo and hold a Masters in Higher & Postsecondary Education from Teachers College at Columbia. I currently serve on the Board of Advisors at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts.
Outside of work, my husband and I and our two young daughters love exploring New England in search of great food, culture, and beaches.
Most interesting/ unusual job: I worked at the catalogue desk at Sotheby’s Auction House in London for a year after college. In addition to getting to see priceless works of art on a daily basis, I spotted quite a few celebrities from my perch behind the catalogues.
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.