Debra Knez is a trustee of the Knez Family Charitable Foundation and The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation. Founded in 2004, The Knez Family Foundation supports educational and children’s causes in the greater Boston area as well as Vermont. In 2007 the Knez Foundation established two three-year term Junior Faculty Professorships in the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts. This support helps Tufts to attract and keep the best young faculty members by supplementing their research funding at the outset of their careers . . . a key goal of the Beyond Boundaries Campaign.
The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation, established by Debra’s Parents, Richard and Susan, supports health, education and the arts. The foundation is especially interested in organizations that provide opportunities for economically disadvantaged populations and places special emphasis on children and youth.
Debra has been involved with the Tufts Center for Children and has been active with The Tufts Alumni Admissions Program (TAAP). She is a generous supporter of the Tufts Fund and a member of the Trustees’ Circle. Debra has actively served on the Meadowbrook School Board, the Children’s Museum Board, the United Way Board and the BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) board in Boston. Debra has two children; Jessica is a member of Tufts Class of 2009 and Andrew is a graduate of Williams College.
Debra was elected to the Tufts University Board of Trustees in 2007.