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Gretta GardnerGretta Gardner
Safe Havens Grant Director
Travis County Counseling & Education Services
Austin, TX

Gretta Gardner is the Safe Havens Grant Director for the Travis County Counseling and Education Services in Austin, TX. She is directly responsible for the Safe Havens grant for supervised visitation and safe exchange funded by the Office on Violence Against Women. Additionally, she is the Chair of the Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force and a member of the Travis County Fatality Review Team. Her experience includes Director of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Project Manager for the Allstate Domestic Violence Program with the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Ms. Gardner was also the Managing Attorney for the Washington, DC office of the Legal Department of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In this capacity, she managed four national projects - the STOP Violence Against Women Grants Technical Assistance Project; the Legal Assistance Providers' Technical Outreach Project; the National Center on Full Faith and Credit; and the Battered Women's Justice Project – Civil.

Ms. Gardner enjoyed a career as an Assistant State's Attorney in Baltimore City and Montgomery County, Maryland where she prosecuted misdemeanor and felony domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse cases. She received her BA in Psychology from Vassar College and her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland and Texas and is certified in mediation. Ms. Gardner served on the Board of Directors for Women Empowered Against Violence, Inc. and the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault.