Lauren Pappone, 2010, United States

Software Engineer, Optimizely - San Francisco, CA

On Fletcher’s international community: The Fletcher Community is probably one of the most diverse communities of which I've been a part. I've met people from a wide variety of countries, and often walk by people in the hall who are having a conversation in a language that I can't even identify. The backgrounds and past experiences of the students are also amazingly diverse. I've met people who've worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors all over the world. The diversity of the community enhances the discussions both in and outside the classroom.

Why did you choose Fletcher for your graduate studies? Fletcher teaches you about the international community by creating it in Medford each day. No other school had the diversity of students that Fletcher does. The opportunity to take classes at all the other schools in Boston is also something that just doesn't exist anywhere else.

Fields of Study

  • International Environment and Resource Policy
  • International Human Rights (self-designed)

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Human Rights Group
  • WILD
  • Fletcher LGBT

Education before Fletcher

  • JD, Harvard University Law School
  • Certificate in Development Project Management, Monterey Institute for International Studies
  • BA, Sociology and Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Legal intern, Earthrights International, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Research Analyst and Associate and First Round Recruiting Coordinator, LECG, LLC, Washington, DC
  • Global Village Two Facilitator, Heifer International Ranch, Perryville, AR (2004)


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Working on Thai

Thesis topic

Effect of Privatizing Water in South Africa on Equity of Access

Summer Internship

  • UNESCO, From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential (PCCP) Project (Water/Natural Sciences Sector), Paris, France