One Professonal's Take on the Global Scope of Diversity, Identity & Social Justice
Nov 05, 2020 12:30 PM
Gretchen Cook-Anderson, Asst. VP, IES Abroad
One Professonal's Take on the Global Scope of Diversity, Identity & Social Justice

Gretchen Cook-Anderson is a wife, mother of three, and marketing executive with 25+ years of promoting space discoveries for NASA, Mars candy, entertainers in Hollywood, candidates for political office, study abroad, and a host of household products. Gretchen leads diversity and inclusion-related marketing outreach for a large global nonprofit, IES Abroad, which educates about 9,000 US college/university students abroad each year across 35 international cities. Her award-winning work and team management has led to 151% growth in enrollment diversity during her 9+ years at IES Abroad. She is active as a board member for several local community-based organizations (Needham Diversity Initiative, Facing History & Ourselves, North Hill Senior Community, United South End Settlements) and independent schools (Belmont Hill School & Dana Hall School), cares deeply about social justice and equity, and speaks publicly on related themes dozens of times locally, nationally, and abroad each year. 

Gretchen is an alumna of Spelman College (B.A. Political Science) and The Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (dual M.A. International Economics/Japanese Studies). She lives in Needham.