Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning
 
WHO COMES TO UEP
 
Each year, between 45 and 55 students begin their studies in one of our two master's programs. Whether M.A. or M.P.P., most students come to Tufts seeking to deepen their theoretical understanding and strengthen their practical skills. Students come from all across the United States and increasingly, from different regions around the world.

Although we admit a few applicants to the M.A. program directly out of college, students most often have had several years of relevant work experience, either during or — more often — subsequent to college. The average age of recent entering classes has been 26, but typically ranges from 22 to 50. We strive for a class that represents diversity in race, ethnicity, and socio-economic background. Students' undergraduate studies range from anthropology to zoology and all points between. They have worked in public agencies and nonprofit organizations and as teachers, journalists, Peace Corps volunteers, and research assistants. Their experience includes a broad range of public advocacy, political, and health and human service activities. Our students bring a diverse set of experiences and skills to the program and serve as a rich resource of knowledge for one another.

The M.P.P. is designed for individuals with at least seven years of significant, relevant professional experience who are interested in expanding their knowledge of public policy within urban, social, and environmental domains -- or across these domains, such as programs and policies related to the development of sustainable communities. This degree program offers students the opportunity to strengthen their critical thinking, policy analysis, and communication skills; improve their professional practice in areas such as mediation, land use planning, or financial management; and establish close professional relationships and networks among faculty, affiliated agencies, and other students.

(Roll over images for profiles) 
 UEP Alumni Profiles
 
Deborah Durant Tracy Brown Janet Curtis Kimberly Lucas Lauren Baumann Martina Bouey
Meena Jacob Meghan Henry Melanie Spencer Sam Bell Yunwen Yu Ayana Dilday
Cindy Veit Katie Walsh Jessica Sprajcar Robin Taylor Sarah Jackson Michael Lozano
Deborah Durant
 
 
 
Previous Education
B.A., Child Development and Community Health, Minor in Africa and the New World, Tufts University, 2004.

Field(s) of Study
UEP/Child Development Program,
Urban Policy

Experience Before UEP
Program Coordinator, Nia Project (a high school mentoring and tutoring program focusing on Black and Latino students), Somerville, MA.

Jumpstart Corpsmember, focused on early childhood literacy, Brighton, MA.

Intern, Latin American Health Institute, Boston, MA.

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.

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
M.P.P. Student
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
EJ/Urban Environments Policy Coordinator, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

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
Research Assistant at Educational Development Center, Newton, MA.

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.

Martina Bouey
 
 
 
M.P.P., Tufts University, 2006
Previous Education
B.S., Economics and Business, Hendrix College, 1995.

Field(s) of Study
M.P.P. Student
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.

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 Planner, Fort Point Associates, Inc., Boston, MA.

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, Wasington D.C.

Intern, National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Current Job
Research Associate, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Washington DC.

Melanie N. Spencer
 
 
 
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.

Current Job
Planner, Environmental Group, Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York.

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
Map Modernization Program Specialist, Mitigation Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Boston MA.

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

Ayana Dilday
 
 
 
M.A., Tufts University, 2003
Previous Education
B.A., Sociology, Smith College, 1998.

Field(s) of Study
Urban and Social Policy

Experience Before UEP
Intern, Planning Department, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Recruiting and Training Specialist, The B.E.L.L. Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts.

Executive Assistant, The B.E.L.L. Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts.

Current Job
Housing and Homeless Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Boston MA.

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.

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.

Jessica Sprajcer
 
 
 
M.A., Tufts University, 2003
Previous Education
B.A., Zoology, Ohio Wesleyan University, 2000.

Field(s) of Study
Urban and Social Policy

Experience Before UEP
Field instructor, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center.

Camp instructor, Gorman heritage Farm.

Field research intern, University of Georgia.

Current Job
Pennsylvania Management Associate Program.

Robin Taylor
 
 
 
M.A., Tufts University, 2003
Previous Education
B.S., Engineering Physics with a minor in Public Affairs, Colorado School of Mines, 1999.

Field(s) of Study
International Environmental Policy
Sustainable Development

Experience Before UEP
US Peace Corps Volunteer as secondary high school teacher and head of science department, Independent Samoa.

Current Job
Foundations for Sustainable Development, Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Sarah Jackson
 
 
 
M.A., Tufts University, 2003
Previous Education
B.S.J., Journalism, Northwestern University, 1997.

Field(s) of Study
Social Welfare
Child and Family Policy

Experience Before UEP
Case manager, Children's Advocacy Clinic, Domestic Violence Courthouse, Chicago, IL.
Community educator, Southwest Women Working Together, Chicago, IL.
VISTA volunteer with Women in Community Service/ Job Corps, Chicago, IL.

Current Job
Researcher, Program on Human and Community Development, MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Illinois.

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
Director of Real Estate Development, Elmwood Neighborhood Services, Providence, RI.

Jeff Meyer
 
 
 
Previous Education
A.A. Liberal Arts, North Dakota State College of Science, 1996.

B.A., political science, Colorado State University, 2000.

Field(s) of Study
Assessment technician/specialist, Larimer County, Colorado.

Experience Before UEP
Congressional intern, United States Senator Kent Conrad.