Meet the team - Gretchen Pascalis

It is Meet the Team Monday!  Today, we continue our blog series with an interview with our National Volunteer Coordinator - Gretchen Pascalis.

Gretchen Pascalis the National Volunteer Coordinator for Democrats Abroad France. 

She initially became involved in 2011 when DAF “descended upon Grenoble in the hopes of creating a chapter,” and founded the Rhone-Alps chapter. In the wake of Trump’s election, Gretchen traveled to Lyon and helped found the Lyon chapter. “I thought a few people might show up. Instead, about twenty-five angry, sad, motivated people came to create a chapter, and it's been a privilege to work with several of them since then.” 

When she’s not organizing volunteer efforts for DAF, Gretchen is a university lecturer at the Université Savoie Mont Blanc. She votes in Maine.

Now, onto some fun facts about Gretchen:

  • Her favorite political icon is Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “because she's such a wonderful example of the difference that young females of color can make”
  • Her top 3 issue areas are climate change, healthcare as a human right, and free public education. 
  • Her first political memory was “picking up litter in a park as a child and exclaiming to my parents, "President Nixon ought to throw these people in jail!" 
  • And, if she were President of the United States for a day, she would “rejoin the Paris agreement, ban automatic assault weapons, ban gerrymandering, provide free public education and healthcare to all, and end ICE.”

If you would like to find out more about the volunteer opportunities with Democrats Abroad France, please get in touch with Gretchen at  There are lots of different ways that you can contribute to our efforts to WIN BIG and WIN BLUE in 2020!