Bernardo Diaz, 2013, United States

Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State - Havana, Cuba

How did your Fletcher experience prepare you for your current job? Fletcher provided me with a strong framework to analyze pressing foreign policy issues affecting not only the U.S. but also the entire world. The world is dealing with a fragile global economic systems, terrorism and nuclear proliferation. Fletcher prepared me with the analytical tools to tackle these issues from a theoretical and practical perspective. Moreover, I built relationships with people from around the world, who will undoubtedly become thought leaders in their own countries.

On relationships with Fletcher faculty: Dr. William Martel made a lasting impression on me. He approached foreign policy decision making in a methodical, yet practical way. He not only stressed the importance of strategy in decision making, but he empowered us with various tools to deal with complex policy decisions. Ultimately, though, his willingness to engage with students inside and outside of class and his enthusiasm for teaching are the things I'll forever remember about Professor Martel.

Favorite Book:

The Giver

Favorite Food:

Salvadoran dishes, especially pupusas

Favorite Website:

Favorite Landmark:

Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

Fletcher Alumnus You Admire:

Thomas R. Pickering

Fletcher Capstone

  • U.S. Diplomatic Engagement with non-State Armed Groups

Fields of Study

  • International Organizations
    United States

Summer Internship

U.S. Department of State Operations Center, Washington D.C.

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Diplomacy Club
    Latin America Group
    Fletcher Mentors Program

Education before Fletcher

  • BS, Business, Wake Forest University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Target Corporation, Human Resources Business Partner - Minneapolis, MN
    Target Regional Distribution Center, Group Leader - Fridley, MN
    Target Corporation, Logistics Analyst - Minneapolis, MN


  • Spanish