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Mike Howard
Executive Vice President

Mike Howard is a member of President Anthony P. Monaco’s senior leadership team. As chief administrative officer of the university, Mike is responsible for oversight and coordination of core administrative functions including Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Operations, Audit & Management Advisory Services, Strategy & Program Development, Sustainability and Investment Office Administration.

In past positions, Mike built Smith College’s response to climate change and increased the college’s commitment to impact investing for its endowment. Mike is leading similar initiatives here at Tufts including serving as the chair of the Sustainability Council.


Council Members

Professor and Interim Chair
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP)

Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA FRGS, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, has extensive experience in local government, environmental and sustainability consulting and in the voluntary sector in the UK.

He is the originator of the increasingly influential concept of just sustainabilities, which explores the intersecting goals of social justice and environmental sustainability defined as: the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now, and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems. He centers his research on critical explorations of the complex and embodied relations between humans and the urban environment, whether mediated by governments or social movement organizations, and their effects on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity.


Associate Professor, Economics
School of Arts and Sciences

Steve Cicala received his PhD in economics from Harvard University in 2013. His work focuses on the economics of regulation, particularly with respect to environmental and energy policy. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an Associate Scholar of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program. He has also taught at the University of Chicago and Harvard University.



James Glaser
School of Arts & Sciences

James M. Glaser is a student of electoral politics and political behavior. From 2003 to 2010, Dean Glaser served as the university's Dean of Undergraduate Education. He then served as Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences from 2010 to 2014. Dean Glaser received the 2000 Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Outstanding Teaching and Advising, awarded to one member of the faculty judged by graduating seniors as having had a profound effect on them intellectually.

In his book, Changing Minds, if Not Hearts: Political Remedies to Racial Issues, Glaser and his co-author Timothy J. Ryan argue that attitudes toward racial issues are actually quite flexible and that politics can change how people think about issues of race, even if not having any impact on their sentiments or prejudices. Glaser and Ryan show that political strategies that mitigate a common impulse to understand political issues in a "group conflict frame" can actually build white support for minorities, even on controversial issues like affirmative action, reparations, racial profiling, and financial support for overwhelmingly black public schools.


Timothy Griffin
Professor in Nutrition, Agriculture, and Sustainable Food Systems
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Timothy Griffin is Teri and Barry Volpert Family Professor in Nutrition, Agriculture, and Sustainable Food Systems at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University. At the Friedman School, he is Division Chair - Agriculture, Food and the Environment, and teaches classes on U.S. agriculture, agricultural science and policy, and the linkage between food system domains. In 2018, he was named as the inaugural recipient of a professorship in Nutrition, Agriculture, and Sustainable Food Systems. His current research focuses on assessment of sustainability across environmental, social and economic metrics, regional food systems, and climate change impacts on agriculture.

He served as an Advisor to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, focusing on Sustainability, and also as a member of the National Academy of Sciences study Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects. He has given many scientific and public presentations on agriculture and the food system, and published nearly 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Prior to coming to the Friedman School, he served as Lead Scientist/Agronomist at USDA-Agricultural Research Service (2000-2008) and Extension Specialist in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Maine (1992-2000), the first such position in the U.S.


Eric Hines
Professor of Practice and Kentaro Tsutsumi Faculty Fellow, Civil & Environmental
School of Engineering

Eric Hines, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI directs the offshore wind energy graduate program at Tufts University, where he is a Professor of the Practice in structural engineering. He is President of Hines & Partners, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in offshore wind energy, structural design, and engineering creativity. Dr. Hines has over 20 years of experience engineering innovative infrastructure. He works at the technology/policy interface to develop systems-level design concepts and has received numerous awards for his work in industry-driven research. He studied engineering and public policy as an undergraduate at Princeton University and as a Fulbright Fellow in Germany. He holds an M.S. in applied mechanics and a Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of California, San Diego.


Kyongbum Lee
Dean and Karol Family Professor
School of Engineering

As Dean of the School of Engineering, Kyongbum Lee is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment, building community, innovating undergraduate education and transforming graduate education, connecting people and ideas for innovation, enhancing financial resources to support our mission, and empowering scholarship, discovery, and invention.

Dean Lee's research interests include metabolic engineering, tissue engineering, and systems biology. His research group is interested in the study of cellular metabolism and its role in directing biological function. It seeks to translate these basic insights and technologies into applications leading to engineering practice and meaningful health outcomes. The group is particularly interested in discovering therapeutic and diagnostic targets for metabolic diseases such as obesity.


Ananyaa Mehra
Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student
School of Arts and Sciences

Ananyaa Mehra is a Environmental Studies major and entrepreneurship minor from Mumbai, India. At Tufts, she is involved with the Tufts Energy Group, Campus Sustainability Council, and is on the planning committee for the annual Energy Conference. She enjoys studying ecology, marine biology, and herpetology as well as renewable energy.

Ananyaa’s passion for sustainability policy stems from her interest in human animal interactions, urban planning, and renewable technology. She examines sustainability at the intersection of technological, environmental, and social sustainability, and through the Campus Sustainability Council hopes to implement this perspective into the core values and foundation of the University.


William Moomaw
Co-Director of the Global Development and Environment Institute and Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy
The Fletcher School

William Moomaw is Emeritus Professor of international environmental policy and founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher. He currently serves as co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts, which he co-founded. He had a 26-year career in chemistry and environmental studies at Williams College, where he directed the Center for Environmental Studies. He served as AAAS Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate, where he worked on legislation that successfully addressed ozone depletion, and on legislation responding to the 1973 energy crisis.

He began working on climate change in 1988 as the first director of the climate program at World Resources Institute in Washington. He has been a lead author of five Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports. The IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize for its climate work in 2007. He is currently working on natural solutions to climate change with a focus on increasing carbon dioxide removal and sequestration by forests, wetlands and soils to compliment emission reductions from land use changes and replacing fossil fuels with zero carbon renewable energy.


Erin Mooz
MD Candidate
School of Medicine

Erin Mooz is a medical student at the Tufts University School of Medicine. She is interested in both the impacts of our changing climate on health outcomes and the climate impacts of the health care system. At Tufts, she’s involved in the student group Medical Students for a Sustainable Future (MS4SF) including leading Tufts’ 2021-2022 Planetary Health Report Card.

Prior to medical school, Erin graduated from Princeton University where she was involved with their Office of Sustainability as an EcoRep for four years. She hopes to help the council solidify Tufts as a leader in well-rounded sustainability and to help make those efforts tangible on the Boston campus!


Elisabetta Ruggeri
PhD Student
School of Engineering

Elisabetta is a PhD candidate at Silklab in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Tufts University. She earned her B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Italy). While completing her M.S., she worked as a research assistant in the Laboratory for Advanced Biopolymers at MIT developing new biopolymer-based edible coatings to extend food shelf life.

Currently, Elisabetta's research is focused on the application of biomaterials for the development of new sustainable composite packaging systems with the dual aims of reducing synthetic plastic utilization and food waste.


Barbara Stein
Vice President for Operations
Operations Division

Barbara Stein is Vice President for Operations overseeing Dining, Tufts Public and Environmental Safety (TUPD and EHS), Campus Planning, Real Estate, Facilities Services, Energy Programs and Capital Program Management. Barbara joined Tufts in 2013 as Director, Strategic Capital Programs and in just two years was promoted to Director, Capital Programs responsible for all capital projects, renewal planning, co-leading capital planning for the University on all campuses.

Before arriving at Tufts, Barbara served as Senior Project Manager at Harvard University, developing systems and standards for project delivery within the 2.4 billion House Renewal program. At GLC Development Resources she worked with local non-profits and institutions on real-estate related planning and capital projects. During years with the Massachusetts State College Building Authority, Barbara managed strategic planning and oversaw the Annual Capital Repair and Improvement Program for residence halls at the nine State Colleges in Massachusetts.


Cigdem Talgar
Vice Provost for Education

Dr. Cigdem Talgar’s experience includes over twenty years of progressive leadership as a creative and strategic innovator. Prior to joining Tufts University in 2022, Dr. Talgar served as Associate Vice Chancellor in the Educational Innovation division at Northeastern University. During this time, she drew on her background in the cognitive and learning sciences and her depth of experience in experiential learning to lead the collaborative design, development, implementation, and assessment of transformative institution-wide programs and initiatives that have yielded impactful and inclusive learning environments for students. Dr. Talgar led the development of multiple centers and initiatives to advance excellence in teaching and learning at Northeastern University, and led multiple initiatives to ensure that Northeastern students were building the skills to holistically integrate their learning across experiences.

A cognitive psychologist by training, Dr. Talgar’s areas of expertise include attentional processes mediating cognition, memory and learning, and experiential learning and educational innovation to support robust and equitable learning environments. Dr. Talgar has received multiple awards from the National Science Foundation to advance this work and published on topics around high impact learning practices such as reflection, self-authorship, self-directed learning, and inquiry-based learning. She has actively collaborated with numerous institutions to advance their strategic direction through educational innovations which integrate experiential learning, inquiry-based education, assessment, and holistic learning pathways into curricula. Dr. Talgar received her MA and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from New York University while receiving her B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Dano Weisbord
Executive Director, Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability

Dano Weisbord joined Tufts in October 2022 to work with senior leadership to further Tufts’ commitment to be as a higher education leader in sustainability and climate matters across the university, bridging campus operations with education, co-curricular and research activities. Dano came to Tufts from Smith College where he held the position of Associate Vice President for Campus Planning and Sustainability and COVID-19 Administrator.  Over his fourteen years at Smith, Dano served as Director of the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability and was the College’s Founding Director of Sustainability establishing sustainability and campus planning functions.  A Jumbo, Dano has a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design.


Parke Wilde
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Parke Wilde is a Professor at the Friedman School and a leading authority on U.S. food policy and the economics of U.S. federal nutrition assistance programs. He led a national evaluation on the breastfeeding impact of WIC package changes and was director of design for the Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. He has been a member of the Institute of Medicine's Food Forum, the AGree agricultural policy initiative, the National Academies panel on "Improving Consumer Data for Food and Nutrition Policy Research," and the technical advisory committee for the Menus of Change initiative. He also directed the USDA-funded RIDGE grants program and currently directs a USDA-funded grants program on household food security measurement.

He is the author of the textbook, Food Policy in the United States: An Introduction, Second Edition (Earthscan/Routledge, 2018), which received the Distinguished Quality of Communication award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). His is co-organizer of the #flyingless initiative, an environmental project encouraging university and research communities to set goals and measure progress for greenhouse gas emissions, while preserving the good they do in the world.


Tina Woolston
Sustainability Program Director
Office of Sustainability

Tina Woolston has been the Director of the Office of Sustainability at Tufts since 2010 after first joining the Office in 2007 as the project coordinator focusing on outreach and education. She works with senior administrators and departments across Tufts to develop and support Tufts sustainability goals and efforts, ranging from transportation to carbon neutrality planning, sustainable living communities, and more. While at Tufts she has created new initiatives like education programs for students and employees, the annual Green Fund, and courses focused on action for sustainability, among many others.

Prior to coming to Tufts, Tina directed the sustainability program at Earthwatch Institute and co-founded her town’s climate action committee. She was one of the first 1,000 people to be trained by Al Gore as part of The Climate Reality Project.


Executive project support provided by:

Pamela Gratiano
Executive Projects Administrator, Office of the Executive Vice President