Meet Diana Faust: Director of Development
We are thrilled to welcome our new Director of Development, Diana Faust, to the Tufts Hillel team!
We sat down to ask Diana 18 questions so you could get to know her better…
Tufts Hillel: What led you to this work?
Diana Faust: I was a Theatre Arts major at Mount Holyoke College and enjoyed working behind the scenes on productions. When I realized that working in theaters would mean working evenings, that led me to consider working in Special Events for nonprofit arts organizations. I secured a Special Events internship in New York City, where I realized that what I enjoyed most about event planning was the fundraising piece.TH: While you are new to Tufts Hillel, you are not new to Tufts. How long have you been a fundraiser at Tufts?
DF: I started at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston in the summer of 2016, and in the spring of 2020, I moved to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton. The Medford/Somerville campus is my third campus!TH: What are your favorite parts of this work?
DF: Seeing the impact that gifts have is incredibly rewarding, especially when the gifts start as exploratory conversations. When a giving opportunity helps a donor meet a philanthropic goal, it’s so meaningful.TH: What is one thing no one knows about you?
DF: A few people know this about me, but I drive a manual transmission.TH: What are three things you can’t live without?
DF: In addition to food, clothing, and shelter, I would have to say my two cats, my laptop, and chocolate. So I suppose I need seven things in order to survive!TH: How are you involved with the Jewish community?
DF: I am involved in programs at both Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Anti-Defamation League. In addition, I attend events and programming at other Jewish organizations in the Greater Boston Area.
TH: What is inspiring you in life right now?