Gretchen Koch - Creating IT Futures

Gretchen Koch

Executive Director, Workforce Development Strategies

About_Staff_GretchenGretchen Koch is responsible for the Creating IT Futures' IT workforce development and education initiatives. She joined us in 2014 after 11 years of developing national workforce initiatives for CompTIA, where she parlayed her knowledge of industry and educational systems to become a nationally known change agent for IT workforce development.

She works closely with the U.S. Department of Education on its Data Sharing Project and currently leads efforts with the State of Illinois and the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance to develop and promote IT career pipelines in the state. She also is the National IT Career Cluster Leader for the States’ Career Clusters Initiative and the Lead Entity for the IT Learning Exchange for Illinois’ Race to the Top Pathways Initiative. When she is not working from headquarters in Downers Grove, IL, she spends a great amount of time in downtown Chicago working with local leaders in education and workforce development.

In the past few years, she has spoken at the Close IT Summit, the UChicago Workforce Conference, the National Careers Cluster Institute, the National Association of Workforce Boards Forum, and the Workforce Development Institute. By invitation from the U.S. Department of Education, Koch also has spoken at the Data Quality Institute (DQI) regarding its Data Sharing Project.

Before joining CompTIA and Creating IT Futures, Ms. Koch had more than 20 years of experience in IT management at Digital Equipment, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard corporations. Her most recent position in the IT Industry was national education manager, Global Services Division at Compaq & Hewlett-Packard Corporation.

Koch is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with honors, and holds an MAT from Harvard Graduate School of Education and an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Business.

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Creating IT Futures

A 501(c)(3) charity was established in 1998 by CompTIA, the Information Technology Industry Trade Association, as a way to help people improve their lives through IT careers.


We help populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers.


Creating IT Futures
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3500 Lacey Road, Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: (630) 678-8300