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A Great Honor

 A Great HonorElaine Schuster is nominated to serve as a U.S. representative to the 64th session of the General Assembly of the Union Nations.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [10.29.09] Elaine Schuster, a notable philanthropist, parent of three Tufts graduates and grandparent of another, was nominated last month by President Barack Obama to serve as a U.S. representative to the 64th session of the General Assembly of the Union Nations.

Schuster's appointment would involve her representation of the United States to various U.N. bodies on specific topics of interest.

In an announcement issued by The White House earlier this week, President Obama said, "I am grateful for the willingness of these fine individuals to serve my administration and am confident that they will represent our nation well.I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years."

Schuster formerly served on the Board of Advocates of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. In 2004, Schuster and her husband, Gerald A'82, established a $1 million fund to support faculty development and programs that encourage active citizenship.

The couple's three sons are Tufts alums: Mark (A'78), Scott (A'79) and Todd (A'82), as well as their daughter-in-law, Lauren (A'82), and their granddaughter, Elizabeth (A'08).

Schuster's background is in philanthropy, health care, education and civic activism. In 1995, she co-founded Operation P.E.A.C.E., a neighborhood development organization based in Atlanta that provides mentoring, tutoring and life skill training for inner-city children.

She has been an active fundraiser and advocate for health care organizations, including Partners Health Care, Franciscan Children's Hospital and Brigham & Women's Hospital.

For eight years, Schuster was a member of the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts. She also founded the Brandeis Center for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, where she is a board member of the Women's Research Program. Schuster is also active in the Massachusetts State Democratic Party.



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