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Gretchen Rydin

Special Assistant to the President and CEO

Working alongside the President and CEO, Gretchen manages key relationships, special projects, and strategic communications for Human Rights First. Gretchen joined Human Rights First in 2014

Gretchen has a strong background in project management, strategic planning, and community organizing. She spent her first year after college working in local government and community health in the Chicago suburbs. She joined the historic 2008 Presidential Campaign in its early years, followed by a short tenure as a community outreach and legislative affairs staffer for a newly elected Illinois state representative. In 2009 she moved to D.C. and transitioned into strategic planning and operations at Georgetown University Medical Center. She also spent time in philanthropy, analyzing grantmaking and organizational infrastructure practices while at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.

An accomplished violinist and violist, Gretchen is a member of the Tango Mercurio Orchestra, a local ensemble that performs live tango music for dancers. She is a mentor with BESTKids, an organization that serves children in D.C. foster care. Gretchen also directs Day to Serve, an annual interfaith and community service collaboration between the Governors of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, and the Mayor of D.C.

Gretchen holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Brigham Young University and is pursuing a master’s degree in social work from Howard University.