Gretchen Koch is responsible for the Creating IT Futures’ IT workforce development and education initiatives. She joined Creating IT Futures in 2014 after 11 years of developing national workforce initiatives for CompTIA, where she parlayed her knowledge of industry and educational systems to become a nationally known change agent for IT workforce development.
She works closely with the U.S. Department of Education on its Data Sharing Project and currently leads efforts with the State of Illinois and the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance to develop and promote IT career pipelines in the state. She also is the National IT Career Cluster Leader for the States’ Career Clusters Initiative and the Lead Entity for the IT Learning Exchange for Illinois’ Race to the Top Pathways Initiative.
Before joining CompTIA and Creating IT Futures, Ms. Koch had more than 20 years of experience in IT management at Digital Equipment, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard corporations. Her most recent position in the IT Industry was national education manager, Global Services Division at Compaq & Hewlett-Packard Corporation.
Koch is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with honors, and holds an MAT from Harvard Graduate School of Education and an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Business.