People profile - Gretchen Peri

Slalom's Gretchen Peri

Gretchen Peri

Practice Area Lead

  • Describe your business leadership philosophy.
    I surround myself with the best and the brightest people around. As a team, we inspire each other to be better, think at a higher level, solve problems more deeply, and provide more value to our clients. I believe it is incredibly important to hire people who you would want to work for. In fact, I seek opportunities to work for my team members on projects and we have done this on projects several times. Currently, I am working on a project for a local police department where I am the subject matter expert (SME) reporting into a consultant on my team. I love this!

    When you surround yourself with amazing people, as a team you can do amazing things.
  • Describe your current civic, industry and community involvement.
    I am committed to making a meaningful impact on our world and in our local community. As a child, I was fortunate to travel extensively, visiting several developing countries—experiencing other cultures, on the positive side, and witnessing extreme poverty, on the negative. This had a profound effect on me, and ingrained a desire to make a difference on the world.

    Now I and other consultants who are passionate about giving back have the opportunity to do so via client work here at Slalom Seattle.

    I also participate in several community involvement opportunities, including Stolen Youth, the Greater Seattle Business Association, the NW Harvest Food Drive, Tour de Cure, and Movember. New this year, I am facilitating a course based on Brene Brown’s CourageWorks. I believe deeply in Brene’s concepts in her book Daring Greatly about how the courage to be vulnerable can transform how we lead and live.
  • Favorite quote
    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? … Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine... It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
  • What attracted you to Slalom?
    The opportunity to do meaningful, impactful work that I’m passionate about while also being home every evening to spend time together as a family and tuck my children into bed.
  • What makes Slalom great?
    Being able to create a new practice, in my case the Public Sector Practice, because it’s the consulting work that I and other Slalom consultants love doing. I appreciate the opportunity to start a completely new line of business with the support of an admirable company and inspiring people.
  • Experience
    I started my career working for the federal government, including the United States Departments of Justice, State, and Homeland Security. After grad school, I passed on pursuing a PhD in Economics to focus on consulting to government agencies – best decision I ever made and the catalyst for many amazing adventures.
  • Education
    BA Political Science and BA International Studies – UW
    Master of Public Administration – UW
  • Hobbies / Charities
    Restoring a 100-year-old farmhouse on Bainbridge Island. Our home is turning into a small farm with two dogs, a cat, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, and 40 fish (plus two beehives on the way).