2021 Leadership Award

Gretchen Kiser

Executive Director of Research Development
University of California-San Francisco

No one has shown the tireless leadership and the depth of dedication that Gretchen has to making NORDP a more diverse and inclusive organization. For several years, Gretchen championed and then established (and still co-chairs) the Committee for Inclusive Excellence.

On the way to advocating for a more equitable profession, Gretchen has established  a successful conference waiver program for diverse attendees; ensured that NORDP conference programming is more representative and inclusive;  spearheaded NORDP membership in the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM; sought out, recruited, and encouraged members of underrepresented groups to consider RD as a career of choice and to become members of NORDP; and has been an incredible champion for these issues and individuals.

Gretchen’s leadership has inspired the CIE committee membership to work toward creating and maintaining a welcoming and supportive environment for all NORDP members. Gretchen is an exceptional leader within our profession and organization. Her significant contributions and commitment to grow and sustain a culture of inclusive excellence will continue to enrich the experience of NORDP members as well as the RD profession for years to come.

Leadership Highlights

  • Board of Directors, 2014-18
  • Immediate Past President
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Conference Co-chair
  • Conference planning committees
  • Co-founded Committee of Inclusive Excellence
  • New Opportunities in Research Development
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Member Services Committee
  • Strategic Alliances Committee