As a Senior Managing Director at WestEd, Gretchen Weber leads a portfolio of work in School Choice, Literacy, and Talent Development and Diversity.
Prior to joining WestEd, Weber was the Vice President at the American Institutes for Research, focusing on educator effectiveness, college and career readiness, and personalized learning. She also co-led the strategy office, overseeing business development strategy and research-to-practice applications for the organization’s Professional Services division.
Weber has been a project director for multiple educator effectiveness projects, the designer of Educator Talent Management services, and the coordinator of field services and outreach for the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality. Weber has led trainings for educators in multiple states and has presented at national convenings, including for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the National Governor’s Association, ASCD, Learning Forward (NSDC), and the National School Board Association. She has served on boards or in advisory roles for nonprofits such as Boundless Readers, the Morton Arboretum, and Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum.
Weber co-authored From Great to Influential: Teacher Leaders’ Roles in Supporting Instruction (2016), Guidebook for Distinguishing the Right Leader for Your School (2010), and Toolbox for Distinguishing the Right Leader for Your School (2010). She appears in the documentary American Teacher (2011).
Weber is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent English Language Arts. She has an MEd from National-Louis University. Her experiences as a public school teacher continue to inform and enhance her current work.