Years before the commercial drone industry was taking off (pun intended), Gretchen West was already at the forefront of the unmanned systems industry, advocating on behalf of the global community to reduce barriers to enable operations and use. As a senior advisor in the Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice Group, Gretchen’s focus on innovation and technology has helped clients navigate business and market entry strategies, find value-added capabilities to ensure successful operations, and understand the regulatory environment and associated challenges.
Widely recognized as a pioneer in the commercial drone market and other emerging technologies, Gretchen is co-leading efforts to change the future of how technology influences policy. With experience across multiple industries — defense, civil, and commercial — Gretchen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our clients and also is highly networked and gifted at bringing companies together to expand market opportunities.
Featured in over 75 print and TV media outlets including NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Fortune, Forbes,Politico, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and more, Gretchen has been featured widely in the media and educated various industries on the benefits of many frontier technologies.. She has also represented the unmanned systems industry in front of Congress and other federal agencies providing testimony, briefings, and educational presentations.
Currently, she serves as the co-executive director for the Commercial Drone Alliance, which is breaking down barriers and advancing drone use for end users through development of technology solutions.
The GSV Pioneer Summit is the conference for breakthrough innovation and game-changing entrepreneurs. Pioneer Summit is two-day technology conference (September 14-15, 2016) in the heart of Silicon Valley that is focused on the people and companies building tomorrow’s industries. The Pioneer Summit convenes a global community of daring entrepreneurs and connects them with leading growth investors and global corporations who can help scale their efforts. GSVlabs in Redwood City, California will host the 2016 GSV Pioneer Summit. Buy your ticket now to reserve your place.