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Emily is a second-year MALD candidate concentrating in development economics and international security studies. A native of New York, she came to Fletcher after working in Washington, D.C. for four years, first on Capitol Hill and then for a NGO advocating for funding for U.S. foreign assistance programs. Emily holds a B.A. with a major in European Studies and minor in Music from Vanderbilt University.
Stephen is a second-year MALD candidate concentrating in security studies and international business relations, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in areas where borders divide linguistic populations. Previously, Stephen worked in Senegal and The Gambia for an NGO’s monitoring and evaluation team and later with the Africa program of a global women’s rights advocacy organization based in New York. Stephen holds a B.A. in African Studies and French Language and Literature from Boston University. He speaks French, Spanish, Wolof, Modern Standard Arabic, and is proficient in Portuguese. @stallen826
Sydney is a second-year MALD candidate focused on development economics and international environment and resource policy. Prior to Fletcher, she was in Indonesia working at a public health clinic and as a Fulbright-Hays Fellow. Additionally, she has worked for Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Sydney holds a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University.
James is a second-year MIB candidate focusing on strategy and political economy. Originally from New Hampshire, he attended McGill University, where he studied Art History and East Asian Culture. James then moved to China, where he worked at Operation Smile, helping to coordinate medical missions that brought maxillofacial surgery to children with facial clefts. He then moved to New York, where he was a program officer at Asia Society, overseeing programming on business and policy. James speaks Mandarin and, when pressed, French that is far worse than his four years in Montréal would suggest.
Flora is a second-year MALD candidate concentrating in international security studies and conflict negotiation and resolution. A Maryland native by way of Croatia, she came to The Fletcher School after working as a public opinion research analyst for various social issue organizations in Washington, D.C. Flora holds a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Democracy Studies and Religious Studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Susannah is a second-year MALD student focusing on international security studies and migration issues. Before Fletcher, Susannah worked in D.C. for three years, first at a research and advocacy organization and most recently at an international development NGO focusing on rule of law issues in the Middle East. Susannah holds a B.A. from Cornell University in Near Eastern Studies and Government. @SusannahKlopf
Sherrie is a second-year MALD candidate focusing on international trade and economics. Prior to Fletcher, she worked in regulatory affairs at an international trade consulting firm that helped companies access and expand markets in the food and agricultural industries. Sherrie interned at the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, and she holds a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Ashley is a second-year MALD candidate specializing in international communications and business. Prior to Fletcher, Ashley worked with Meridian International Center in Washington, DC, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering global leadership. Her roles covered external affairs, project and operations management, and support for new initiatives in India, China, the EU, and other strategic regions. Ashley holds a B.A. in International Affairs as well as a B.F.A. in Photography from the University of Georgia, and is especially interested in the strategic use of visual content in the global context.
Mattea is a second-year MALD candidate focusing on human security, conflict resolution, and forced migration. After serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Italy after college, she worked at a refugee resettlement agency and for a public health care reform project in New York. Mattea graduated with a BA in history and anthropology from the College of the Holy Cross in 2012.
Shifa is a second-year MALD student studying to become a developmental economist. Before coming to Fletcher, she worked as a negotiator for ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil in Canada and later taught seventh grade for two years in the Teach for India program. Her editorial motivations are to make public finance and economic policy concepts more intuitive. She holds a finance degree from McGill University.
Meaghan is a second-year MALD candidate concentrating in public international law and Pacific Asia. Prior to enrolling at Fletcher, Meaghan spent a year as a Luce Scholar based in Taipei, Taiwan working on food safety and public health issues. She also spent two years in Washington, D.C. working with a collaborative problem-solving organization on diverse issues including U.S. agriculture and nutrition policy, global climate policy, and natural resource management. She holds a B.S. in Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health from New York University and an A.S. in Baking and Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales University.