Dr. Elizabeth Cochary Gross is an adjunct associate professor and the former director of admissions and recruitment for the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Before her role in admissions at the Friedman School, Dr. Cochary Gross worked as a scientist in the Genetics Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center (HNRCA), reaching the rank of Scientist II. She also taught at the Friedman School at the assistant professor level. Dr. Cochary Gross was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University working in the biochemistry labs at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Mental Retardation in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Dr. Cochary Gross was vice chair for assisting the Friedman School with their goal as part of the Beyond Boundaries: The Campaign for Tufts. In 2004, she was elected president of the Friedman School Alumni Association, an organization she helped to found. She was a recipient of the first Award for Outstanding Service in the spring of 2004. Her many non-Tufts community and civic responsibilities include volunteer and board leadership for non-profits focused on education, social justice and medical research. With her husband, she was a founding member of Strategic Grant Partners, an active partnership of philanthropic families whose pooled assets support non-profits serving educational and family support services in the Boston area. She is a trustee of Mount Holyoke College and has served on its capital campaign steering committee. She is a board member of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts where she has also served as a capital campaign chair.
She and her husband, Phillip Gross have four children, Kelly, Anna, Jessica and Thomas.
Cochary Gross was elected to the Tufts University Board of Trustees in 2013.