Gretchen Cook-Anderson is an award-winning global marketing executive for IES Abroad, one of the largest providers of academic study and internship programs abroad that serves 9,000+ U.S. undergraduates annually across 34 international cities. As Assistant Vice President for Diversity Recruiting & Advising, she’s devoted 9 years overseeing the organization’s Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA), which has grown enrollment diversity 112 percent – equivalent to nearly 20,000 students of color (not to mention thousands more students of other diverse identities) her team has inspired to study abroad during the initiative’s first 10 years.
Since relocating to the Boston area 6 years ago from the Washington, DC area, Gretchen has also become actively involved in community efforts that address educational equity, diversity, and social justice. Gretchen is a founding board member of the Needham Diversity Initiative, and member of the New England Advisory Board of Facing History & Ourselves, a Brookline-based nonprofit that encourages students, parents, and schools to explore and confront racism, antisemitism, and prejudice in all forms. Her life experiences, community-based advocacy work, and successful experience in higher education diversity work have fueled a personal commitment to these issues locally and globally.
Gretchen is also a member of the Board of Trustees of both Belmont Hill School and Dana Hall School, and of United South End Settlements (USES), and a member of the Corporation of Boston-based Beacon Academy.
She holds a BA from Spelman College in Political Science (1990) and a dual MA from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in International Economics and Japanese Studies (1994). Gretchen is a member of the League of Women Voters, Needham, MA; Progressive Needham & NAFSA; the Association of International Educators.