Gretchen E. Manning is the Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of New England where she leads a multi-state nonprofit in its mission to provide access to healthcare for children and support for their families. Manning has held executive cabinet-level positions in government and higher education with a demonstrated track record in strategic planning, resource development, advocacy and emergency preparedness. Prior to her current role, Manning served the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC) as the Deputy Executive Director for more than ten years. Manning holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Russell Sage College for Women, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Policy from the State University of New York at Albany, and a post-graduate professional certificate in Crisis Leadership in Higher Education from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She routinely serves on boards and committees for community service organizations and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the MA Women’s Political Caucus and Cancer Support Community's Massachusetts Advisory Council. Manning resides in Swampscott, Massachusetts.