Rebecca Schutte, 2011, United States

Director of Donor Services, Baton Rouge Area Foundation - Baton Rouge, LA

On Fletcher’s international community: When looking for a Masters program, I wanted a school which had a culturally diverse, international student body in order to learn different perspectives on world affairs. At Fletcher, I have not been disappointed. Every student comes with a range of professional and educational experiences from many countries and organizations. When talking about Afghanistan or Rwanda, it adds a deeper layer to the discussion when a student from one of those countries, or someone who has worked there, can share their perspective. Also, when working on a group project with students from different backgrounds - be it cultural or professional - it is fascinating to see how different people approach the same problem and work together for a solution.

On the Fletcher faculty: Professor Jenny Aker was a great mentor for me. I worked with her as a research assistant during my two years at Fletcher and took her classes including econometrics, microeconomics of development, and econometric impact evaluation. She was also my thesis advisor. Jenny worked tirelessly to make sure her students were comfortable with the material and was always available for questions. I learned a tremendous amount from her and appreciate her enthusiasm.

Favorite magazine:

National Geographic, The Economist

Most rewarding trip:

Visiting Egypt after studying Egyptology in college

Experience when you felt the farthest from home:

My Peace Corps days in Burkina Faso 

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

International Development 

Fletcher alumnus you admire:

Antoinette Sayeh

Thesis topic:

Effects of Teacher Characteristics on Project ABC Outcomes in Niger

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • International Business Relations

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Global Women

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Anthropology, University of Chicago

Experience before Fletcher

  • Program & Research Assistant, Center for Global Development; Washington, DC 
  • Girls Education & Empowerment Volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps; Burkina Faso, West Africa 


  • French
  • Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphs 
  • English

Summer Internship

  • Jornal @  Verdade, Maputo - Mozambique