Kate Atkinson Kaplan, AG95, A20P
B.A., Sociology-Anthropology, Oberlin College, 1986; M.A., Urban and Environmental Policy, Tufts University, 1995
Chief Advancement Officer, Two Ten Footwear Foundation, 2012–present; Marketing and Development Director, Jericho Road Project, 2009–2012; Nonprofit management and board development consultant, Kaplan Associates and Fortunato Consulting Group, 1999–2009; Director of Program Development and Department Administrator, Urban and Environmental Policy, Lincoln Filene Center and the Graduate School, Tufts University, 1987–1999
Tufts Volunteer Activities:
President, Tufts University Alumni Association (TUAA) 2014–2016; Executive Committee, Tufts Alumni Council, 2006–2018; co-chair, Ad Hoc Alumni Council Campaign Committee, 2016–present; Alumni Representative to Advancement Committee of Board of Trustees, 2009–present; Alumni Representative to the A&S Board of Advisors, 2014–2016; Parents Leadership Council, 2016–present; co-chair, Tufts Talks Boston, 2015 and 2017; member, Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee for 2010–2014 TUAA Strategic Plan; chair, Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee for 2014–2018 TUAA Strategic Plan; chair, 2013 Alumni Leadership Summit Planning Committee; member, 2015 Leadership Summit Planning Committee and host committee; member, TUAA Development Committee, 2006–2011; member, TUAA Citizenship and Public Service Committee, 2005–2008; member, Graduate School Advisory Board 2002–2004; member, Tufts Alumni Council, 2000–present
Non-Tufts Volunteer Activities:
Co-leader, Girl Scout Troop 72691, 2005–present; member, Advisory Board, Robbins House, 2013–present; president, The Concord Scout House, 2002–2008; grant reviewer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 2010 and 2011; class agent, Oberlin College, 2004–2006; chair, Volunteer Allocations Committee, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, 2000–2005
Daughter, Sophia, A20
Years ago, while dropping my daughters off at preschool, I met a fellow Tufts alum (Fletcher) who encouraged me to get involved with Tufts as a volunteer. Fast forward 16 years, after travelling along a road of Jumbos from Beijing to the President’s Lawn to Talloires to Grafton, I’m humbled and honored to have been nominated for the ultimate volunteer service opportunity: trustee.
I believe that an Alumni Trustee must listen to and represent the whole alumni body, in addition to fulfilling the responsibilities of a trustee. Having just completed four years as president-elect and then president of the Tufts University Alumni Association (TUAA), I am qualified to represent and lead the alumni of our multifaceted university.
Over the past four years with TUAA, I participated in: the oversight, development, and growth of the new alumni leadership summit: LeadIt; the development and implementation of the alumni association’s current strategic plan; and a renewed commitment to our international community, both with the creation of a formalized International Committee and the Global Reach programming. I travelled both internationally and domestically to meet alumni, current students, and parents of students from a wide range of Tufts schools who all value the Tufts community and are looking to increase their engagement with the university.
In addition to my time with TUAA, I have served on the Alumni Council since 2000 and on the Council’s Executive Committee since 2006, and have represented alumni to the Board of Trustees through participation in the Trustee Advancement Committee since 2009.
As with many higher education institutions, some of the major issues currently facing Tufts are the pressures of securing sufficient financial resources and containing tuition costs while investing in the talent and facilities needed to maintain and elevate Tufts’ excellence; navigating and embracing pluralism in an era where civil discourse is eroding; and increasing the rate of participation in alumni giving to Tufts. I have been particularly focused on increasing alumni participation, as I discussed in a letter published in Tufts Magazine last April about the impact of alumni giving and through my current role as a tri-chair of the Alumni Council Ad Hoc Campaign Committee in support of the next Tufts campaign. I am a consistent donor as well as a fundraiser by profession and a volunteer fundraiser for Tufts. I was part of a team that raised $39M from Alumni Council members during the last campaign, and have helped fuel steady growth in both alumni dollar donations and participation rates, particularly among the members of the Alumni Council.
As the first TUAA president who did not hold an undergraduate degree from Tufts, I brought a fresh and unique perspective to that leadership role, which I would also bring to the role of trustee. I have been a graduate student in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, a devoted Tufts employee who helped to put the building blocks for the Tisch College of Civic Life in place, and a volunteer alumni leader with extraordinary experience. I am also a parent of a Tufts freshman, Sophia, who helps me see Tufts through the eyes of a student today.
With every new role in support of Tufts, I approach my work with an open mind and boundless energy, and stepping into a trustee position would be no different. Thank you again for your consideration. I hope you will entrust me with the responsibility of listening to and representing the alumni body.