Matthew Herbert, United States

On collaboration and teamwork: The teamwork and sense of camaraderie displayed by Fletcher students has always amazed me. While everyone is extremely smart and motivated, there isn’t the cut throat competition amongst students that one would think exists at a top graduate school. People here sincerely want to succeed, but just as deeply they want to help their peers find success. First hand, I've seen how much Fletcher students can accomplish. In May of 2009 a group of Fletcher Students put on an international conference on mobile banking in Nairobi, Kenya. We planned the conference, fundraised for it, and brought in a top notch crew of speakers - all while holding down full class schedules. While the conference planning and implementation was highly stressful and at times brutal, it was amazing to watch as the Vice-President of Kenya spoke to a host of top bankers, telecom managers, and mobile finance theorists. To find out later that our conference had helped to catalyze a shift in the Government's approach to Mobile banking made all the long nights and stressful days worth it.

On the international life I see for myself after Fletcher: After completing the MALD program, it’s hard to conceive of having an “ordinary” life. It now seems completely natural for me to have a Norwegian girlfriend in Khartoum, to vacation in Istanbul, while studying in Medford and occasionally taking business trips to Manila. At Fletcher you're exposed to people from all over the world, passionate about a plethora of issues, and possessing some truly impressive international experience. The academic component here is really only half the learning that goes on; through student groups, coffee shop debates, and hall way discussion you gain an amazing amount of insight and new views from the other students. The exciting thing about post-graduation life is that this community never really fades away. Wherever I travel, I'm basically assured of being near a fellow Fletcher grad, and look forward to continuing to have the thought provoking conversations that we started at the school. Professionally, my aim after Fletcher is to move to Africa, perhaps Khartoum or Nairobi, and continue to work in the international development and international security world. My ideal international life is one in which I can work on interesting projects, that have a real positive impact in as many different nations and continents as possible.

Favorite Newspaper:

LA Times

Favorite Food:


Favorite Landmark/Site:

The Isle of Lamu, Kenya

Most Rewarding Trip:

My most memorable trip was surviving the 2010 Haitian Earthquake

Global Issue that brought you to Fletcher:

The rise in militancy associated with criminal trafficking organizations

Fields of Study

  • International Security Studies

  • Law and Development

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Student Council

  • Fletcher Perspectives

  • International Communications Club

  • Fletcher Political Risk Forum

Education before Fletcher

  • MALD, International Security Studies and Law & Development, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • BFA, Photography, The College of Santa Fe
  • BA, Political Science and Documentary Studies, The College of Santa Fe

Experience before Fletcher

  • Analyst, New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Special Assistant for Political and Legislative Affairs, New Mexico - Office of the Governor; Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Intern, US State Department; Maputo, Mozambique


  • Portuguese
  • English