Gretchen Steidle


Gretchen Steidle is the Founder and President of Global Grassroots, an international organization working at the intersection of personal and societal transformation to catalyze the ideas of grassroots change agents working for women’s rights and well-being post-conflict. In 2005, she launched Global Grassroots’ work in the Darfur refugee camps of eastern Chad, and in 2006 expanded to Rwanda. Gretchen is a producer of the documentary film The Devil Came on Horseback, which was nominated for three Emmy Awards in 2009.

She is also co-author of the memoir, The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur, published by PublicAffairs, about her brother, Marine Capt. Brian Steidle’s experience as a military observer in Darfur. She holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.