Gretchen Syverud

As director of strategy integration, Gretchen works closely with the senior vice president and chief strategy officer to develop, lead, and support strategic initiatives and departmental planning.

Gretchen coordinates cross-team integration designed to improve overall strategy development and execution and to actualize foundation-wide projects and goals.

She joined Lumina Foundation in 2016 as the strategy officer for state policy, supporting state efforts to increase postsecondary attainment through Lumina’s state policy agenda.

Gretchen previously served as the 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, Mass.

Gretchen earned her bachelor’s degree in economics at Jacksonville University and her master’s degree in higher education at the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys living in downtown Indianapolis, serving on her neighborhood association board and fixing up her 130-year-old home.