Maria E. Martinez Murillo, 2013, Mexico

Why I chose Fletcher:  I chose Fletcher because I wanted a mix of elements for a particularly complex topic: agriculture and development economics. At the same time, Fletcher offered knowledge on global issues such as climate change and water resources.  Agricultural analysis requires being creative and resourceful in terms of cutting-edge tools and in-depth analysis. That is what Fletcher is exactly about: being creative and highly intellectually challenging. I knew I didn’t want a traditional public policy or an agronomic technical program. I knew I wished to be among peers with contrasting experiences to learn from, a program with a solid reputation, top of the line professors, and located in a great area full of academic life.

On the international life I see for myself after Fletcher: After Fletcher, I hope to accomplish a few things. I wish to contribute to the better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that prevail in the agricultural sector in Latin America. I also will work for a better elaboration of policies and institutional changes that help foster growth in the primary sector. Lastly, I would like to work on building better analysis measures to face pressing issues such as food security and the relationship between scarce resources and agriculture.

Favorite Book:

Midnight’s Children

Favorite Movie:

The Apartment

Favorite Musician:

Yo Yo-Ma

Favorite City:


Favorite Landmark:

Chichen Itza

Fields of Study

  • International Environment and Resource Policy
    International Trade and Commercial Policies
    Self Designed Fields of Study: Agricultural Development

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • FLEC
    Latin American Group

Education before Fletcher

  • BA International Relations, International Relations, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
    MA, Politics and Public Policy, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO)

Experience before Fletcher

  • Ministry of Rural Development of Jalisco, Planning Director General - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    MBF Consultants, Project and Content Coordinator -  Mexico City, Mexico
    Federal Commission on Regulatory Improvement, Head of Department - Mexico City, Mexico


  • Spanish