Gretchen Alther

Senior Leadership Development Specialist, Leadership Program, Professional Development Program
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Area of Expertise: 

Leadership education, women’s leadership, Human Rights, humanitarian crises and response, resilience, sustainability, gender, peace and conflict resolution

Gretchen Alther builds programs that strengthen individual and community leadership. She is currently expanding the East-West Center’s leadership programs for women, and is managing an innovative, blended (“on-line and on-island”) program to incubate leadership among women in the Pacific Islands. Ms. Alther has directed the Center’s flagship residential course, the Asia Pacific Leadership Program, and contributes to other short- and long-term training both in Hawaii and across the region. She designs and delivers curriculum that supports experiential learning and strategic thinking across a range of topic areas. With over 15 years of experience as an international educator and humanitarian, Ms. Alther infuses her program design with a commitment to equity and to grassroots communities.

Ms. Alther has also worked with Human Rights Education Associates, for which she has designed and delivered e-learning courses for senior international humanitarian and development professionals. As an occasional consultant with the EarthWatch Institute, she facilitates sustainability leadership programs around the world for global corporations. Previously, Ms. Alther designed and managed multimillion dollar programs to support disaster relief, conflict zone aid, and resilience in marginalized communities in the US, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal, Gaza, Colombia, Haiti, and beyond. She earned an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, a postgraduate certificate from the East-West Center, and a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Natural Resources Management from Texas A&M University. Ms. Alther was recently selected as a 2018 Rotary Peace Fellow and is pursuing a professional certificate in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.