Gretchen Dykstra played a major role in restructuring New York City’s government, led the restoration of Times Square, served as NYC’s Commissioner of Consumer Affairs and then was appointed the Founding President of the National 9/11 Memorial Foundation.
She has published in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, California History, Pennsylvania Heritage, and the North Dakota Quarterly. In 2017, the University of Wisconsin Press released Pinery Boys including her biography of the grandfather she never knew. Then, as a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, Dykstra wrote Civic Pioneers. (Wise Ink, 2019)
Raised in Haverford, Pennsylvania, she lived in New York City for four decades with one break in Wuhan, China (1979-1981) and one in San Francisco (1998-2001). She now lives in the Hudson Valley.