Gretchen Klingler

Gretchen Klingler, Deputy Director, Veterans Outreach

Gretchen arrives at USGLC with experience gained as a national outreach professional from her time with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Ohio Charities and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM). An Air Force Veteran, Gretchen worked to build and engage the NVMM’s veteran network, partnering with community, veteran service organization, and business leaders to create successful programming locally, across the state of Ohio, and nationwide. At VFW Ohio Charities, she served as point of contact for more than 200 veteran service and fraternal organizations, supporting them in meeting their charitable giving and legislative goals. She now leads USGLC’s Veterans for Smart Power initiative, a national network of veterans thousands strong, where she develops engagement and advocacy opportunities with a special focus on the intersection between diplomacy and development with American national security objectives.  Gretchen is an Ohio State Buckeye alumna, a 2017 Pat Tillman Scholar, and an active member of the VFW, American Legion, and AMVETS. She is previously a member of USGLC’s Veterans for Smart Power network as a representative from the state of Ohio, and serves as an Advisory Board member for the Women in Leadership Program at Ashland University and as a board member for Veterans Voice of America.

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