Gretchen West serves as Senior Advisor focusing on Innovation and Technology at Hogan Lovells and is a member of the firm’s Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group in Silicon Valley. Gretchen is also a leading policy advocate in the firm’s Government Regulatory practice group, with a focus on drone technology, automated driving and other global initiatives and innovative technologies. Gretchen also serves as co-executive director of the non-profit Commercial Drone Alliance and is a founder of the Women of Commercial Drones group.
Gretchen has served the unmanned systems and drone industry over a decade and is an industry-leading advocate for commercial drones, innovation, entrepreneurship and robotics. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Gretchen was at San Francisco start-up DroneDeploy serving as the company’s Vice President of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs. Previously, for over a decade, Gretchen served as AUVSI’s Executive Vice President, overseeing AUVSI’s global business development initiatives, international growth strategy, marketing, government relations and advocacy efforts for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. Gretchen and her team at AUVSI were at the forefront of advocating for the safe, timely and responsible integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System. She also served as the AUVSI member on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) UAS Study Group, which was tasked with creating a roadmap for the global integration of UAS.
Gretchen has been interviewed by over 100 print and TV media outlets including NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Fortune, Forbes, Politico, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post and National Public Radio. She has also testified before a congressional panel on issues related to unmanned systems, presented at congressional briefings and has presented keynote addresses and panel presentations at over 100 industry conferences and events across the globe.
Gretchen currently is the National Advisory Board Chairperson for UAVUS (uavus.org) and is the chair of the Advisory Board for the Drone World Expo. Previously, she served on the advisory boards for Skyward, Nightingale Intelligent Systems and Aerobo. She was formerly a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA) and the Association for Women Executives and Entrepreneurs (AWE). Gretchen has an MBA from the George Washington University and a BA in leadership studies from the University of Richmond.