Clifford Goldkind, 2014, United States

My favorite thing about Fletcher:  So far my time in the classroom has been my favorite part about Fletcher. Discussing everything from international trade negotiations to starting up a new ice cream franchise with classmates of such varying backgrounds has been great. Everyone looks at each topic from an angle relevant to their own cultural or professional background, which gives me utterly unique insights. For instance, where else could I learn principles of market research from social business projects completed in Bangladesh?

How I learned about Fletcher? I first learned about The Fletcher School while sitting in a ripped canvas tent in the Negev Desert of Southern Israel. I had just started advanced combat training in the Israel Defense Forces, and, with the help of an exhaustion induced epiphany, decided that I wanted to attend graduate school after my release from the army. As soon as I zeroed in on international development and began researching top graduate schools related to that field, I came across The Fletcher School. I talked to several development economists and each one told me that Fletcher was the place I should be. I spent the next several months of my combat training running back and forth from the field to the computer that I kept hidden under my sleeping bag, working on my Fletcher application during short rest times between my commanders' orders. When I heard back from Fletcher and knew that I would be starting there in the fall, it was a pretty amazing feeling.

Favorite Book:

The Fountainhead

Favorite movie:

Gladiator and Braveheart

Favorite food:

Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Favorite musician:           

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite City:

Herzliyah, Israel

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • International Environment and Resource Policy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Futbol
  • Fletcher Net Impact

Education before Fletcher

  • BSBA, Managerial Economics and Strategy, Washington University in St. Louis

Experience before Fletcher

  • Professional Poker Player

  • Infantry Soldier, Israel Defense Forces, Israel

  • Finance Intern, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.


  • Hebrew
  • English

Summer Internship

Community Preservation and Development Corporation, Washington, DC
CPDC develops and manages affordable housing projects as well runs resident services programs at their properties. I analyzed the financial feasibility of potential acquisitions and did market research on new areas where the organization was looking to expand its portfolio.