Gretchen has over 15 years of experience in workforce development. Since joining Maher & Maher in 2007, she has supported a number of the firm’s key projects for the federal government; state and regional organizations, and other clients in the workforce development and education spheres. She serves as a subject matter expert on projects related to industry sector strategies; career pathways development; regional development strategic planning and implementation; workforce system assessment and improvement strategies; social network mapping; and program and system alignment efforts among workforce development, economic development, and education partners. Her experience includes facilitating and supporting partners around the design, implementation, and scaling of innovative workforce development approaches that span ground-level service delivery enhancement to high-level policy solutions development.
Prior to joining Maher & Maher, Gretchen worked for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), first in San Francisco and later in Washington, D.C. In increasingly-senior positions, she provided support for a wide variety of grantee coaching, technical assistance, training, and peer learning efforts, including the Welfare-to-Work formula and competitive grant programs, the High-Growth Job Training initiative, and other demonstration grant programs. For ETA, she also performed regulatory and policy development related to Welfare-to-Work, Workforce Investment Act, and Wagner-Peyser programs.
Gretchen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Smith College, and has completed coursework at George Mason University toward a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing.