Gretchen recently founded and leads Brayker Consulting Group which provides business development, policy and strategy consulting services to the drone industry. Additionally, as her passion project, she founded Ceiling Braykers Coaching, which provides executive coaching for women in technology.
Widely recognized as a pioneer in the commercial drone market and other emerging technologies, Gretchen has served in leadership roles in the uncrewed systems industry for 2 decades. Her previous experiences include serving as the President and CEO of Schiebel Aircraft, Inc. (US), Senior Director at Hogan Lovells US LLP, Co-Founder/Co-Executive Director of the Commercial Drone Alliance, Vice President of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs at DroneDeploy, and Executive Vice President of the Association for Unmanned Systems International (AUVSI).
Gretchen served as the AUVSI member on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) UAS Study Group, and on the advisory boards of the Commercial UAV Expo, UAVUS, Aerobo, Skyward, and Nightingale Security.
Gretchen was the 2019 Recipient of the Commercial Drone Alliance Champion Award and the 2017 Recipient of the 2017 Women to Watch, UAS Influencer Award.
Gretchen has been interviewed by over 100 print and TV media outlets including NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Fortune, Forbes, Politico, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post and National Public Radio. She has also testified before a congressional panel, presented at congressional briefings and has presented keynote addresses and panel presentations at over 150 industry conferences and events across the globe.