Ms. Alther is a Human Rights in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Relief Fellow at HREA She is Leadership Education Specialist at the East-West Center (EWC) in Honolulu. She has designed and managed programs to support disaster relief, conflict zone aid, health, and community resilience projects in Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal, Guatemala, Gaza, Colombia, Haiti, Afghanistan, and the United States. She currently facilitates sustainability leadership programs around the world. From 2006-2012, Gretchen was Senior Associate for Rights in Humanitarian Crises at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Before joining the UUSC she worked for the Centre for Development and Population Activities, including as Acting Country Director in Nepal, and served as an advisor for the American Friends Service Committee’s Peace and Economic Security Program. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Natural Resource Management from Texas A&M University, an MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a postgraduate certificate from the East-West Center. She is also the instructor of HREA’s Effective Leadership for Humanitarian Action and Social Change, Human Rights in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Relief (Foundation Course) and Resilience, Humanitarian Action, and Human Development e-learning courses.