Today I’m happy to report on the latest accomplishment of 2006 MALD graduate Cristiana Paşca Palmer. I can do so thanks to the outreach of her 2006 classmate Cornelia (Connie) Schneider.
First, the news. Cristiana was recently appointed Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Cristiana has a long record of accomplishment in the environment arena, and has been actively engaged in international climate talks. After receiving her MALD, Cristiana stayed on at Fletcher for her PhD studies (receiving the degree in 2014), during which she had a fellowship with the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.
This is the second time I’ve highlighted Cristiana’s accomplishments, both times because Connie, who is very accomplished herself(!), contacted me. This is such a sweet tradition and finding Connie’s email message in my inbox this morning was a highlight of my day. I love how alumni cheer for each other, both because such mutual support is wonderful, and also because it reminds me what a special community I am part of.