Vanessa Corlazzoli

Vanessa Corlazzoli, 2011, Canada and Uruguay

Director of Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, Search for Common Ground – Washington, DC 

What skills did you gain at Fletcher that make you particularly marketable?

At the Fletcher School, I was able to gain technical and practical skills. The flexibility of the curriculum enabled me to improve my negotiation, budgeting, and project management skills. I acquired key quantitative and qualitative skills, while learning about design, monitor, and evaluation theory. In today’s competitive job market, employers are looking to hire individuals that are ready to work and can produce immediate results. It was great to come out of Fletcher with a ready-to-use toolkit and feel that I could immediately add value to my employer.

How my experience at Fletcher has changed the way I look at the world: We no longer live in an isolated world. Major international events have an impact on the way governments tackle policy options, companies diversify their business portfolios, and non-governmental organizations implement programs.  Fletcher encouraged me to think critically and strategically about local events while placing them within a global context. I learned to not only make links between actions taken by different levels of governments, but also across industry sectors. In order to tackle today’s most complex problems, we must keep in mind the many diverse actors that continuously influence one another.

Favorite book:

Love in the Time of Cholera

Favorite movie:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Women’s Rights and Latin American Politics

Most interesting person you have met at Fletcher:

My classmate who worked with the UN in Emergency Planning and Disaster Prevention Programs

Thesis Topic

The Effectiveness of Gender Based Violence Programs in Bolivia

Fields of Study

  • Human Security
  • Humanitarian Studies
  • Public and NGO Management

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Student Council
  • Fletcher Women in Security
  • Fletcher Latin American Group
  • Gender and Equality Project

Education before Fletcher

  • Honors Bachelor of Arts and Science, Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations, University of Toronto

Experience before Fletcher

  • Research Officer, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation; Canada
  • Gender Outreach Intern, Canadian International Development Agency; Peru 
  • Chair, G8 Research Group; Canada


  • Spanish
  • French
  • English

Summer Internship

  • Mercy Corps; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia