Andres Valenciano, 2012, Costa Rica

Executive Director - Central American Healthcare Initiative, San José, Costa Rica

Looking back on my Fletcher experience: The Fletcher School allowed me to gain the hard business skills necessary to lead an organization, while providing me the opportunity to learn more about development issues around the world. The program was a perfect fit for someone like me who is interested in development but comes from an engineering background.

My favorite Fletcher class: John Hammock's class on Ethics and NGO Management was amazing. The class made me question my interests in development and my role as a practitioner in the field. Even more important, Professor Hammock and I ended up becoming friends; he's a mentor and a good friend, and we remain in contact.

Favorite blog:
Blog de Gustavo Gonzalez

Favorite book:
Primero la Gente

Favorite movie:

Favorite food:

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:
Housing / Urbanization

Fletcher Thesis

  • Multidimensional Poverty Measurement for Costa Rica


  • UNDP, Bhutan

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • Public and NGO Management

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Development Group
  • Latin America Group
  • Fletcher Futbol

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Industrial Engineering, University of Costa Rica

Experience before Fletcher

  • Global Village and International Volunteer Program Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity - Latin America and Caribbean Office; Costa Rica


  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • English