Carolina Aguirre Echeverri, 2014, Colombia

Why I chose Fletcher: Upon graduating form law school, I worked on environmental issues, first with the private sector, and then in the Economic, Social and Environmental Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. While I was there, I gained relevant experience in international environmental affairs, especially in biodiversity agreements, and negotiations in sustainable development. During my time at the Foreign Ministry, I realized that greater economic skills and development knowledge would help me better gauge pressing social and environmental issues, and to evaluate at environmental challenges from more creative angles. I chose Fletcher because I realized its curriculum would allow me to take advantage of advanced coursework on environmental matters, while simultaneously acquiring the hard skills I would need to fully comprehend and work on environment, development, and other areas that interest me, such as behavioral economics and unsustainable consumption and production patterns.

On the flexibility at Fletcher: Thanks to Fletcher's flexible curriculum, I am able to take courses in areas that I am more comfortable with and interested in delving deeper into, while simultaneously gaining exposure to economic concepts and statistics. In the following semesters, I look forward to researching and evaluating the relationship between the issues I am most interested in, and other fields such as demography, psychology, and sociology. I am excited to take advantage of Fletcher's relationship with other graduate schools at Tufts  and beyond, in order to make my academic experience truly interdisciplinary.

Favorite Author:

Oscar Wilde

Favorite food:

Colombian rice soup and sweet plantains

Favorite music:

Gustavo Cerati

Favorite place you’ve visited:

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Fletcher Alumnus you admire:

Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia

Fields of Study

  • International Environment and Resource Policy
  • Law and Development

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Green
  • Food Policy Club
  • Latin America Group

Education before Fletcher

  • Lawyer (JD equivalent), Universidad EAFIT

Experience before Fletcher

  • Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Washington, D.C.

  • Junior Attorney, Prieto & Carrizosa Attorneys at Law, Bogota , Colombia

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Summer Internship

The Nature Conservancy, Washington D.C.
I was part of the International Climate Policy team, particularly focusing on climate finance. I was tasked with proposing new approaches and revising existing projects on adaptation and disaster risk management, and was also involved with REDD+ projects, and the communications and knowledge generation strategy of the team.