Students & Alumni

Featured Alumni Profiles

Peter Ciurczak, M.A., Tufts University, 2015

Previous Education: B.A. East Asian Studies, University of Toronto, 2010
Field(s) of Study: Sustainability, low impact development, and renewable energy
Experience Before UEP: Biogas Cooperative, Inc. Toronto, Ontario
Current Job: Research Associate, The Boston Foundation, Boston, MA

Brianda Hernandez, M.A., Tufts University, 2015

Previous Education: B.A., Urban Studies & Planning, California State University - Northridge, 2013
Field(s) of Study: Community Engagement
Experience Before UEP: Community Organizer and Urban Design Research, YSC Project Youth Green
Current Job: Program Manager and Administrator, Talloires Network, Medford, MA

Tossatham Singalavanija, M.A., Tufts University, 2015

Previous Education: B.S. Architecture, Thammasat University, Thailand, 2008
Field(s) of Study: Urban & Transportation Planning
Experience Before UEP: Property Consultant, Nexus Property Consultant Co., Ltd. Thailand

Tracy Brown, M.P.P. Tufts University, 2014

Previous Education: B.A. Political Science, University of Washington; Executive Master, Leadership, Seattle University; Executive Leadership Certificate, Harvard University
Field(s) of Study: Sustainability, Environmental Health
Experience Before UEP: Executive Director, Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston; Diversity Officer/Principle Consultant, Wings that Soar; Equal Opportunity Manager, Washington State Human Rights Commission; and U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
Current Job: President/CEO, Healthy Smart Homes Inc.
Personal Statement: "The zip code of an individual or family should not predict what opportunities they can access; all communities should be communities of opportunity. The UEP curriculum and faculty have provided me a quality urban and environmental education, and along with my current education and experience, I will continue to advocate for communities of opportunity for all."

Rebecca Schofield, M.A. Tufts University, 2014

Previous Education: B.A. Earth & Environmental Science, Wesleyan University, 2011
Field(s) of Study: Affordable Housing, Community Development
Experience Before UEP: GIS Analyst (Somerville and Boston), Assistant Director at Hawthorne Valley Field Camp (Ghent, NY)
Current Job: Project Manager at Homeowner's Rehab, Inc.

Yunwen Yu, M.A., Tufts University, 2014

Previous Education: B.S., Environmental Science, Fudan University, 2012
Field(s) of Study: Environmental Policy; Energy and Climate Change
Experience Before UEP: Intern in Energy & Power Department, Frost & Sullivan Consulting Firm, Shanghai, China
Current Job: Senior Analyst, Hay Group, Shanghai, China

Katie Walsh, Dual M.A., UEP & Fletcher School, Tufts University, 2013

Previous Education: B.A., History of Asia and the Middle East, University of California Santa Cruz, 2005
Field(s) of Study: Energy, Climate, and Sustainability Planning
Experience Before UEP: Fullbright ETA, Taiwan; Program Coordinator - National Security Education Program Chinese Flagship; Program Officer- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Current Job: Cities Manager, North America, CDP, New York, NY

Meenakshi Jacob, M.A., Tufts University, 2007

Previous Education: B.A., Sociology and African American Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1998
Field(s) of Study: Sustainable Development
Experience Before UEP: Project Manager, Urban Edge Housing Corporation, Roxbury, MA; Corporate Projects Manager, Hands On Atlanta, Atlanta, GA; Project Assistant, Fundacion ProVivienda, San Jose, Costa Rica
Current Job: Senior Project Manager, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Boston, MA

Kimberly Lucas, M.A., Tufts University, 2007

Previous Education: B.A., Psychology/Sociology, University of California-Los Angeles, 2004
Field(s) of Study: Child and Family Social Policy
Experience Before UEP: Chief of Staff, UCLA External Vice President's Office, Los Angeles, CA; Caregiver, UCLA Infant Development Program, Los Angeles, CA
Current Job: Director of Civic Research, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston, Boston, MA
Personal Statement: "I entered the UEP/Child Development program because I knew I would receive a top-rate education in both areas. So far, UEP has gone above and beyond my expectations! Classes are stimulating, the faculty are friendly, and my fellow students have become great friends. I'm definitely excited about the year to come!"

Melanie George, M.A., Tufts University, 2007

Previous Education: B.A., Political Science, Tufts University, 2004
Field(s) of Study: Urban and Social Policy
Experience Before UEP: Intern/Project Manager, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development, New York, NY; Intern, Office of Human Diversity,City of Medford, Medford, MA.; Overseas missionary team member, Students International, Jarabocoa, Dominican Republic

Lauren Baumann, M.A., Tufts University, 2006

Previous Education: B.S., Biology, Cornell University, 2002
Field(s) of Study: Sustainable Communities; Sustainable Development
Experience Before UEP: UC Berkeley Campus Organizer, California Public Interest Research Group; Junior Chemist, Estée Lauder; Research Intern, USDA Plant Protection Research Unit
Current Job: Vice President, New Ecology, Cambridge MA
Personal Statement: "UEP is a unique program in the way it integrates students and faculty from a wide variety of backgrounds in the social and environmental fields. This gives students the opportunity achieve a comprehensive education in policy and planning. UEP is provides students with the knowledge necessary to achieve their goals in a highly interdisciplinary world."

Sam Bell, M.A., Tufts University, 2006

Previous Education: B.S. Environmental Design, Planning, University of Colorado-Boulder, 1998
Field(s) of Study: Social and Environmental Policy
Experience Before UEP: Director of Special Projects, Downtown Durham, Inc.; Clinical Research Coordinator, Duke Clinical Research Institute
Current Job: Senior Hazard Mitigation Specialist, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Norwood, MA

Martina Bouey, M.P.P., Tufts University, 2006

Previous Education: B.S., Economics and Business, Hendrix College, 1995
Field(s) of Study: Urban and Social Policy
Experience Before UEP: Program Manager, Center for Women & Enterprise; Director of Administration, Hunt Alternatives; Volunteer Court Mediator, Massachusetts Summary Processes
Current Job: Senior Development Officer, South Africa Partners, Inc., Boston MA

Janet Curtis, M.P.P., Tufts University, 2006

Previous Education: M.A., Landscape Design, The Conway School, 2000.B.A., Political Science, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1990
Field(s) of Study: Environmental Justice
Experience Before UEP: Development Officer, UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources;  Director, Land Trust Program; The Trust for Public Land - Western Region; Development/Public Affairs Associate, Peninsula Open Space Trust
Current Job: Senior Foundations Officer, Union for Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, MA
Personal Statement: "As a mid-career professional, Tufts' one-year MPP program is ideal! UEP offers so much — allowing me to hone my professional skills as well as broaden my environmental understanding as I explore the relationship between social equity and environmental quality."

Meghan Henry, M.A., Tufts University, 2006

Previous Education: B.A., Sociology and English, University of Florida
Field(s) of Study: Urban and Social Policy
Experience Before UEP: Researcher, U.S. News and World Report; Tutor for homeless and at-risk children, Washington D.C.; Intern, National Low Income Housing Coalition
Current Job: Associate, ABT Associates, Portland, ME

Sinan Seyhun, M.A., Tufts University, 2006

Previous Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Bogazici University, Bebek, Instanbul, 2004
Field(s) of Study: Environmental Policy, Energy Policy
Experience Before UEP: Manufacturing Intern, Cimtas Pipe Fabrication and Trading Ltd. Co.
Current Job: Vice-President and Climbing Instructor, Bogazici University Mountaineering Society, Volunteer worker, Builders for Peace, Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Personal Statement: "Having received an undergraduate degree in engineering and spent some time interning in factories, I decided that I needed to move to a field where I could use my science background while fulfilling my interest on social and political issues. This program has enabled me to look at environmental issues from a completely different perspective and has helped me thoroughly understand contemporary issues relevant to energy policy."

Cyndi Veit, M.A., Tufts University, 2006

Previous Education: B.A., Environmental Politics and Humanities, Prescott College, 1996
Field(s) of Study: Dual degree with UEP and Civil and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in environmental health
Experience Before UEP: Travel Agent, Council Travel; International Project Coordinator, Peace Corps, Poland; Environmental Education Coordinator, AmeriCorps
Current Job: EPA New England

Michael Lozano, M.A., Tufts University, 2005

Previous Education: Bachelor of Architecture, Architecture, Cornell University, 2001
Field(s) of Study: Affordable Housing Development; Smart Growth/Sustainable Development; Transportation
Experience Before UEP: Assistant project manager, The Jones Payne Group, an architecture and planning firm focused on residential noise and environmental abatement
Current Job: Senior Project Manager, The Community Builders, Boston, MA

Gary Van Deurse, Tufts University, 2003

Previous Education: B.A., English, Framingham State College, 1995
Field(s) of Study: Urban and Social Policy
Experience Before UEP: AmeriCorps*VISTA, Northern Kentucky Adult Reading Program; AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago; Placement Officer, Corporation for National Service
Current Job: Spiritual Medium, Readings with Gary, Holliston, MA
Personal Statement: "When I first learned of UEP I knew right away that I wanted to apply. The work I had been involved with prior to coming to Tufts focused on program management and community service. My experience with UEP has both widened my scope of understanding of the work I had done, while providing an opportunity for me to use those experiences in an academic environment."

Robin Taylor, M.A., Tufts University, 2003

Previous Education: B.S., Engineering Physics, minor Public Affairs, Colorado School of Mines, 1999
Field(s) of Study: International Environmental Policy, Sustainable Development
Experience Before UEP: US Peace Corps Volunteer, Independent Samoa, as secondary high school teacher and head of science department
Current Job: Foundations for Sustainable Development, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Personal Statement: "There are two things that I am thankful for at UEP. First, I can get what I want out of UEP because I am free to choose classes, internships and opportunities that match my interests, and lead towards my career path. Second, the attitudes of my peers and the professors are amazing. We are all very passionate, and have ideas (diverse) about the way we think the world should be."