Gwen Straley envisions a world where all people own their financial futures, lead dignified lives free from poverty, and are increasingly motivated to contribute to society and the natural world. Guided by this, Gwen serves as an advisor at 3rd Creek Investments, Inc. and as Executive Director of 3rd Creek Foundation, an organization dedicated to global poverty alleviation. She also volunteers her time on a wide variety of initiatives – from promoting producer livelihoods in the coffee industry – to increasing female leadership in US politics – to furthering environmental sustainability in the PNW.
Gwen has extensive global experience in over 50 countries and has led projects in Somalia, Nepal, Palestine, Liberia, Vietnam, and Honduras. She holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from Hampshire College. When not working, Gwen is happiest when spring skiing volcanoes and exploring Washington’s beautiful outdoors with her partner and SVP Member, Vineet Parkhe.