About the Office of Strategy & Program Development
Karen Mulder, Executive Director
Karen Mulder joined Tufts in September 2015 and currently holds dual roles at Tufts – in this Office and as the Executive Associate Dean of University College. In addition to establishing the market research, strategic analysis, and program development functions at the University, Karen played a central role in the acquisition of the SMFA and the creation of University College. Prior to joining Tufts, Karen spent nearly 6 years as a Management Consultant with L.E.K. Consulting, was a Fulbright fellow in Göttingen, Germany, and graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a B.A. in History. Her senior thesis on contemporary German memory of the Holocaust remains her proudest accomplishment. Karen is currently working on her doctorate through Tufts Interdisciplinary Doctoral program, in which she studies the philosophy, history, and sociology of knowledge production and academic disciplines. When she is not learning everything she can about how a complex, world-class University succeeds, she enjoys spending time with her baby boy Theodor and trying to control the proliferation of books brought on by being married to a PhD in Comparative Literature.
Jennifer de Ridder, Director
Jennifer de Ridder joined Tufts’ Office of Strategy & Program Development team in 2017. Prior to Tufts, Jennifer was an Engagement Manager at Censeo Consulting Group, a Washington DC-based management consulting firm focused on strengthening the operational capabilities of mission-driven organizations. At Censeo, Jennifer led multiple projects to help top-tier higher education and large federal government institutions improve organizational and operational effectiveness to allow them to devote more resources to their core missions. Jennifer graduated magna cum laude from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a B.S. in Economics. Outside of work, you can find Jennifer rehearsing with her dance company, practicing yoga, or enjoying the great outdoors while hiking or camping.
Jonathan Foster, Senior Analyst
Jonathan Foster joined the Office of Strategy & Program Development team in 2020. Prior to Tufts, he spent the last two years working as Campaign Manager and Data Analyst at Road Scholar, a not-for-profit organization that provides educational travel programs for older adults around the world. At Road Scholar, Jonathan worked with various departments to improve data processes, forecast enrollments, and achieve better marketing efficiency. Jonathan is a graduate of Stonehill College with degrees in Physics and Economics. Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys running, playing his guitar and other instruments, collecting records, and listening to music, especially Bob Dylan.