Kimberly Lyon, 2011, Jamaica

Water Resources Management Analyst, The World Bank - Washington, DC

Why did you choose Fletcher for your graduate studies? I chose Fletcher because of its internationalism and because of the versatile, multidisciplinary curriculum. Being able to study policy, law, economics and even some science has, I think, made me a more adaptable and open-minded person. It has also enabled me to relate better everyday to the people in my office, some of whom use scientific logic, others economic logic, and others legal logic.

What skills did you gain at Fletcher that make you particularly marketable? By far, the most marketable skill I have is writing, which I was able to hone at Fletcher. Having a diverse collection of written academic works to draw on for writing samples made the job application process that much more manageable. My thesis has been especially useful as it is a body of research that I know well to discuss in detail and which demonstrates my research capabilities.

Favorite book:

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Most rewarding trip:

World Cup Germany 2006

Experience when you felt the farthest from home:

Missed my train by seconds in Crewe, England

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Poverty and Environmental Degradation

Thesis topic:

Linkage or Leakage: Jamaican Hotels' Demand for Locally Produced Food

Current Employment

World Wildlife Fund, Intern - Washington, DC

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • International Environment and Resource Policy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Development Group

Education before Fletcher

  • B.A., International Relations, Rollins College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Technical Aide, Ministry of Finance & the Public Sector; Kingston, Jamaica


  • Spanish
  • Portuguese (beginner)
  • English

Summer Internship

  • United Nations Environmental Programme, GEF-REPCar; Kingston, Jamaica