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Gretchen West

Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells, & Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance

Gretchen has served the unmanned systems and drone industry over a decade and is an industry-leading advocate for commercial drones, innovation, entrepreneurship and robotics. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, for over a decade, Gretchen served as AUVSI’s Executive Vice President, overseeing AUVSI’s global business development initiatives, international growth strategy, government relations and advocacy efforts for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. 

In addition to serving as a senior advisor at Hogan Lovells as a member of the Global UAS Practice I Silicon Valley, Gretchen is also the co-executive director of the Commercial Drone Alliance and a co-founder of the Women of Commercial Drones organization.

Gretchen currently is the National Advisory Board Chairperson for UAVUS ( and chairs the Advisory Board for the Drone World Expo. Previously, she served on the advisory boards for Skyward, Nightingale Intelligent Systems and Aerobo. Gretchen has an MBA from the George Washington University and a BA in leadership studies from the University of Richmond.