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Gretchen Borchelt

Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health

Photo Credit: Les Talusan

Gretchen Borchelt (she/her/they) is Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. She oversees NWLC’s advocacy, policy, litigation, and education strategies to promote reproductive rights and access to comprehensive, affordable health care, including abortion and birth control. Gretchen testifies before lawmakers, serves as a media spokesperson, regularly speaks at conferences and other public education forums, and has authored numerous pieces on reproductive rights and health. Prior to becoming Vice President, Gretchen served as Senior Counsel and Director of State Reproductive Health Policy at NWLC. Before joining NWLC, she worked at Physicians for Human Rights and was a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow at the National Partnership for Women and Families. 

Gretchen is a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and serves on the Board of Directors of Plan A mobile clinics; the Advisory Committee of COMS Project; the Reproductive Health and Access Advisory Group of Urban Institute; and the Advocates Advisory Board of SiX’s Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council. 

Gretchen is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Lowenstein Fellow and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar.