I wanted to share with you that Amartya “Marty” Ray, the current director of university development strategy for alumni affairs and development at Harvard University, will be joining Tufts as chief of staff effective July 1.
At Harvard, Marty has worked closely with both President Larry Bacow and Provost Alan Garber, guiding the overall engagement strategy for their alumni relations and development activities. He managed day-to-day fundraising activities while also forecasting, planning, and executing long-term fundraising goals. From 2012 to 2016, Marty helped direct Harvard’s advancement events group, coordinating more than 50 university events each year.
Before joining Harvard, Marty spent close to ten years in public affairs with the Boston Red Sox, where he managed corporate and community public relations, brand marketing, and outreach efforts. Among other tasks, he handled communications and public relations for the ten-year Fenway Park improvements project. As manager of special projects for the Red Sox, he oversaw an annual events budget of more than $1 million for Fenway Park’s 100th Anniversary. He has also worked in public affairs at Massachusetts General Hospital.
He received his doctorate from the University of Southern California, where he wrote his dissertation on a private university’s engagement of its ethnic and racial minority alumni and their experiences as students. Marty also has a master’s in education from Harvard, a master’s in journalism from Harvard Extension School, and a bachelor’s in English from Boston University.
Marty impressed the search committee and me as extraordinarily talented and committed, and his colleagues at Harvard and the Red Sox could not speak more highly of him.
Michael Baenen, our outgoing chief of staff, has indicated that he will be fully available to assist with the transition as needed following Marty’s arrival. We will also find an appropriate occasion to recognize Michael for his many years of service to Tufts.