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Tufts Graduates Among Boston's Most Powerful

Tufts Graduates Among Boston's Most PowerfulIn their annual rankings, Boston Magazine has cited three Tufts graduates as among the most powerful individuals in the Greater Boston area.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [05.11.05] Boston is a city of movers and shakers, and Tufts graduates always seem to find themselves among the city's elite power brokers.The case is no different in 2005, as Boston Magazine has issued its annual list of the 100 most powerful people in Boston – which included 1969 Tufts graduate and local healthcare leader Elaine Ullian.

Ullian, president and CEO of the Boston Medical Center, is ranked 44th on the list. She oversees 5,000 employees, 1,400 doctors and an annual operating budget of $1.4 billion.

She serves on several area boards, including the Boston Public Health Commission, the Massachusetts Hospital Association,The Boston Globe, and Citizens Bank. Ullian has been honored in recent years by community organizations, like the Mattapan Community Health Center and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce for her achievements in public health. She also received a Distinguished Service Award from Tufts in 1996.

Boston Magazine also published a list of the "Thirty-Five Gay Power Players" in Boston, where two Tufts graduates are also recognized.

Arline Isaacson, co-chair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, was cited for her efforts on behalf of gay rights. She was one of the vocal opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment in 2004 that would have banned same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, the passage of which was delayedfor consideration until this year.

Among the other accomplishments cited by Boston Magazine are passage of a state gay civil rights law in 1989 and a state domestic partnership law in the 1990s.

The magazine also called her "a media go-to girl on same-sex marriage."

Nancy Shilepsky, a partner in the law firm of Perkins Smith & Cohen and treasurer of the Boston Bar Association,was also cited as a top power broker.

In January 2005, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly cited her involvement in the case of Stonehill v. the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, which it called the most important decision of 2004 for determining how bias cases will be handledin Massachusetts.

“We are proud of our contributions to the leveling of the playing field between employers and employees,” Shilepsky said then in a statement.

This month, she was honored at the 20th annual Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association dinner with the Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award. And in 2000, the National Law Journal called Shilepsky one of the most influential lawyers in the state.

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