Gretchen Sisson

Gretchen Sisson, PhD, is a sociologist who studies the social construction and representation of parenthood and reproductive decision-making. Her current research focuses on depictions of abortion in popular culture, and has been featured in the New York TimesWashington PostNPRTIME, and The Cut (New York Magazine). Gretchen’s additional areas of research include adoption and birth motherhood, and teen pregnancy and young parenthood. She is currently working on a book about adoption within the context of abortion politics and the reproductive justice movement.

She currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Emerge America and WDN Action (a sister organization of the Women Donors Network), and on the steering committee for Electing Women Bay Area. She distributes a monthly newsletter on Democratic political giving for a reflective democracy. Gretchen works to build the pipeline of Democratic women in elected office, with the enduring goal of electing a woman to The White House. Her work as a donor was featured in NPR and San Francisco Magazine.

Gretchen is an alumna of Amherst College. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children.