Leadership Team

Dariush Mozaffarian Friedman School Dean

Dr. Mozaffarian is a board-certified cardiologist and epidemiologist whose research focuses on the effects of diet and lifestyle on cardiometabolic health, including global impacts of suboptimal diet and effectiveness of policies to improve diets around the world. He has authored more than 200 scientific publications on lifestyle and cardiovascular health, including on global dietary burdens of disease, omega-3 and trans fats, diets and long-term weight gain, and effective dietary policies. He has served in numerous advisory roles including for the American Heart Association, US and Canadian governments, World Health Organization, and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. He chairs the Global Burden of Diseases Nutrition and Chronic Diseases Expert Group (NutriCoDE).

Dr. Mozaffarian received a BS in biological sciences from Stanford (Phi Beta Kappa), an MD from Columbia (Alpha Omega Alpha), an MPH from University of Washington, and a Doctorate in Epidemiology from Harvard. Prior to being appointed Dean of the Friedman School, Dr. Mozaffarian was on the faculty for a decade at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. He is board-certified in Cardiovascular Medicine and, until serving as Dean, was clinically active on the cardiology service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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Edward Kleifgen Executive Administrative Dean

Ed Kleifgen serves as the chief operating officer for the Friedman School, the chief of staff for the Dean, and the lead administrative representative of the School. He is responsible for the alignment and effective use of School and University resources in support of the School’s goals, including personnel, funds, and facilities. As the School’s chief operating officer, Ed is responsible for planning, managing, and assessing outcomes for all functional areas of administration; orchestrating the integrated delivery of central and School-level administrative support; and setting the tone for all interactions at the School and between the School and the University and other Tufts schools.

As the chief of staff, Ed is the primary advisor on all administrative matters to the Dean and other faculty leaders; he serves as a principal liaison between faculty, staff, and students and the Dean and other university leaders; he convenes the School’s faculty and leaders on key administrative matters; he staffs relevant faculty governance committees and ad hoc committees; and he supports the Dean’s engagement of the School’s Board of Advisors.

As the Friedman School’s lead administrative representative, Ed represents the School and its interests at all university-level administrative committees and working groups, including the Executive Vice President’s Administrative Council, and serves as the lead client and liaison on behalf of the School to the university divisions.

Edward Saltzman Academic Dean

Dr. Edward Saltzman is the Academic Dean at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, and a scientist at the Energy Metabolism Laboratory in the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Dr. Saltzman's research focuses on obesity and body weight regulation in humans. He received his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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Krissy Day Director of Business Operations

As the Director of Business Operations, Krissy manages school-wide, day-to-day operational functions and services. She is responsible for the development and execution of projects, strategies, and programs that help to effectively manage and run the Friedman School, including budget and finance; procurement and contracts; faculty administrative support; facilities management; space management; school-based human resource-related activities; computers, copiers, printers and telecom; information management and data security; events coordination and support; and emergency response and business continuity planning. She serves as the operations liaison to the Budget Center, Tufts Technology Services (TTS), Tufts Support Services (TSS), Tufts Human Resources, Public Safety, and other central divisions as appropriate.

Annie DeVane Director of Communications and Web Strategies

Annie is responsible for major content strategies, planning the Friedman web landscape, and communications planning for the school. She serves as the main liaison to the central Tufts Communications and Marketing team and works closely with Public Relations and the Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations to align strategic messaging and promote important school-wide initiatives and events. Annie is experienced in Drupal site planning and construction and represents the Friedman School on the Strategic Communications Council at Tufts University. Learn more about our web and communications team. If you'd like to inquire about scheduling interviews with our faculty experts, please visit our news and media page.

Matt Hast Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

As Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Matt supervises the Office of Student Affairs which includes Admissions, Career Services, Student Life and the Office of the Registrar. Matt ensures that the student experience is a smooth one from the point of first contact with the Friedman School through graduation. He also serves as a liaison to the University for Office of Equal Opportunity, the Threat Assessment and Management Program and the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

Cindy Briggs Tobin Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Friedman School and Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

As the senior director, Cindy develops and leads the team’s outreach and fundraising strategies and tactics, working closely with the dean, other academic leaders, and volunteer leadership in order to achieve the school’s philanthropic goals. While she focuses on raising capital and major gifts, her staff members manage annual giving, alumni relations, special events, development communications, and donor relations. Cindy also coordinates with the university’s Central Advancement team and other university offices on activities, such as corporate and foundation relations, and planned giving.

Contact Cindy Briggs

P: +1 (617) 636-0962

Seedang Simonin Director of Sponsored Research Administration

The Friedman Office of Sponsored Research Administration provides School-wide leadership in the development of research and sponsored program activities.  Seedang works closely with faculty, researchers, staff and administrators across the University in both pre- and post-award administration.

Contact Seedang Simonin

P: +1 (617) 636-0428