Dean, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University
Alan D. Solomont became the Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University in January, 2014. The mission of Tisch College is to ensure that every student at Tufts University is educated to be an active citizen.
From January, 2010 until July, 2013, Solomont was the United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. As President Obama’s representative, Ambassador Solomont helped to strengthen Spain’s cooperation with the United States on matters of global security. For this work, he was awarded the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given by the Navy to a civilian. He was also a tireless advocate for American companies doing business in Spain, and he supported investment by Spanish companies in the United States. He and his wife Susan promoted the values of volunteering and citizen service throughout Spain.
Prior to his diplomatic service, Ambassador Solomont was an entrepreneur, philanthropist and political activist. He served as Chairman of the bipartisan Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees all domestic service programs, including AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, VISTA and Senior Corps. He was initially appointed to the Board by President Clinton in 2000, re-appointed by President Bush in 2007 and elected chairman in 2009.
A longtime leader in the Democratic Party, Solomont served as its National Finance Chairman in 1997-98. He is a veteran of six presidential campaigns and was an early and influential supporter of Barack Obama’s successful bid for the presidency.
Ambassador Solomont spent his professional career in the health and elder care arenas. He was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the A.D.S. Group, an integrated network of elder care services known for high quality and innovative approaches to care. He served on the boards of directors of several non-profit and for-profit organizations, including the Boston Medical Center, Boston Private Bank & Trust Co., The Multi Care Companies, Angel Healthcare Investors, Tufts University, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation and the WGBH Educational Foundation. He chaired the boards of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and Hebrew Senior Life, a large nonprofit elder care provider in Boston.
He currently serves on the board of directors of Avangrid, the US affiliate of the global energy giant based in Spain, Iberdrola. He also chairs the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the board of J Street, a pro-Israel, pro-peace organization dedicated to a two-state solution to the conflict in the middle east.
Ambassador Solomont holds a B.A. in Political Science and Urban Studies from Tufts University and a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. After graduating from Tufts in 1970, he was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for independent study and travel abroad, during which time he made his first visit to Spain.
He has received honorary degrees from UMass Lowell, Suffolk University and Hebrew College.
He is married to Susan Lewis Solomont, and they have two grown daughters.