Eric J. Sullivan '10, United States

United States Department of State, Foreign Service Officer - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fletcher thesis:  Case Study on The Emancipation Network: Fighting Slavery with Social Enterprise and Cause Marketing

Preparation for professional success: “My experience at Fletcher was a launching pad for the professional success I’m currently experiencing and anticipate building upon in the future. Besides the more obvious benefits of successfully securing a position as a Presidential Management Fellow with the US Federal Government and passing all of the entrance exams for the US Foreign Service for a future career as a diplomat, my Fletcher experience enabled me to further identify and build on the analytical, interpersonal, and leadership attributes that my employers value so highly. The development of these attributes through course work, applied thesis research, and extracurricular activities helped me to cultivate myself into a well-rounded young leader, prepared for increasing levels of leadership and management responsibility in the US Federal Government.”

Beyond the classroom: "My most meaningful extracurricular activity was co-organizing a Genocide symposium Fletcher and Tufts colleagues. The symposium featured four gripping and intensely moving survivor accounts of genocide which took hold in four distinct cultures and time periods. Personal eyewitness accounts of the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, the Cambodian Genocide, and the Rwandan Genocide captivated the audience with a mix of shock and disgust coupled with a profound respect and sympathy for the survivors sharing their stories. While the testimonies of these remarkable individuals has made a lasting impact with profound resonance on me and the hundred or so in attendance, the most meaningful aspect of that evening was the realization of what it meant for those sharing their personal accounts." 

Education before Fletcher

  • BS, Business Administration, UNC-Chapel Hill

Fields of Study

  • International Finance and Banking
    Law and Development

Experience before Fletcher

  • Air Force Captain specializing in contract administration

Summer Internship

  • US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program, Intensive Arabic Summer Language Institute, Tangier, Morocco


  • Russian