Gretchen Syverud
Director of Strategy Integration

Gretchen Syverud

Gretchen Syverud is director of strategy integration at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. In that role, she works closely with the senior vice president and chief strategy officer to develop, lead, and support strategic initiatives and departmental planning. Syverud coordinates cross-team integration designed to improve overall strategy development and execution.

She joined Lumina in 2016 as the strategy officer for state policy. Prior to that, she served as associate director of policy and research at the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), an interstate compact of the six New England states. She led NEBHE’s policy team in tracking and analyzing postsecondary education trends, issues, policies, and best practices to inform institutions, systems, legislators and state leaders. She began her higher education career as an institutional research analyst at Simmons College in Boston.

Syverud earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Jacksonville University and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania.