Gretchen Heal joined the Hampton Roads Chamber in 2021 and brings extraordinary experience to the position of Vice President of Government Affairs. Most recently she served as the Government Affairs Director for the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association (HRRA). Gretchen led association members in proactive, successful advocacy before the Virginia General Assembly and Hampton Roads local governments.
Before joining HRRA Gretchen worked in the Virginia General Assembly as the Chief of Staff to a Member of the House of Delegates from Hampton Roads, who served on Commerce and Labor, Education, and Transportation. She managed and directed his legislative and political operations, engaging with many advocates, Administration officials, legislators, and staff. The experience and relationships she brings to the Hampton Roads Chamber are invaluable. Heal holds a Masters of Business in International Business and a Masters of Communication in Political Speech from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She studied in India, Ireland, England, and China while earning these degrees.
Gretchen was born in Norfolk and has lived in Suffolk most of her life, making her a life-long resident of Hampton Roads.