Gretchen Upholt, MPA

Senior Consultant
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An experienced staff and program manager, Gretchen has expertise in training, capacity building, research, and program and volunteer management. Before joining the FMA team, Gretchen served as the head of the Volunteer Department at the Thabyay Education Network in Thailand. In that role Gretchen developed a strategic plan to improve monitoring and evaluation and program management in her department. She also served on the leadership team for the organization, where she reviewed and approved budgets for the organization’s 22 programs and worked on a plan to restructure the organization’s finance and operations staffing and systems.

Before her work in Thailand, Gretchen served as a Community Development Peace Corps in Ukraine, where she designed project frameworks, wrote grants, and led a committee tasked with making funding decisions for USAID funded grants. With a widely diverse background, Gretchen also has experience working on the corporate citizenship team at the TCC Group, designing and implementing a pilot research study on nonprofit talent costs for the Talent Philanthropy Project, as a project manager with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and as Chorus Manager for The Choral Arts Society of Washington.

Gretchen holds a Masters of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where she was a Head Teaching Colleague for the core finance and management classes. Gretchen continues her relationship with Wagner as an Adjunct Teaching Colleague, teaching classes on a variety of topics, including budgeting, indirect costing, and financial statement creation and analysis.

She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Arts and Cultural Management from American University in Washington, DC. She maintains her love of music as a chorister with The New York Choral Society and speaks Ukrainian and some Spanish and Russian.

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