Abby Arnold

Abby Arnold

Abby Arnold

Biographical Info Abby Arnold is an experienced mediator.

Email Address aarnold@kearnswest.com

Website http://www.kearnswest.com

Position or Title Principal and Senior Mediator

Professional Biography Abby S. Arnold is a Senior Mediator and Director of Business Development and has been a practicing mediator and trainer in conflict resolution for twelve years specializing in environment, natural resources, energy and other public policy issues.  Ms. Arnold has mediated policy dialogues and regulatory negotiations under the Federal Advisory Committee Act for a variety of federal agencies and private parties on a range of topics: energy resources, marine mammals, commercial fisheries, non-point source waters, water quality, and health risk. Ms. Arnold has facilitated long term processes on hazardous waste, marine and coastal resources, toxic substances, and others.  Ms. Arnold’s specific interest is the design of processes that successfully integrate research and science into decision processes.Ms. Arnold has managed a model multi-party collaborative, the National Wind Coordinating Committee, made up of 200 active parties interested in developing wind energy for production of electricity.  Ms. Arnold has provided this wind collaborative with mediation, facilitation, strategic advice, and management expertise.  She has authored articles on application of dispute resolution in natural resource issues.  She earned a B.A. in Environmental Planning and Politics, with Honors at University of California Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  Ms. Arnold was raised in California and spent ten years in Alas

Address Line 1 1110 Vermont Ave NW

City Washington

State District of Columbia

Zip 20005

Phone 202-448-8775

Fax 202-535-7801

Small Business Yes

GSA Schedule Provider Yes

Federal Employee No

Native Dispute Resolution Network No

Total Cases Last 10 Years 32


ECR Services Provided

ServiceCaseYear
Public Engagement/Public InputDeepwater Wind Fishing Community Engagement2012
Mediation/Assisted NegotiationDepartment of Interior Wind Turbine Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee2007
Conflict/Situation AssessmentUS EPA Arsenic Rule Cost Estimate Methodology Working Group2001
Policy DialoguesUS EPA Arsenic Rule Cost Estimate Methodology Working Group2001
Facilitation of Collaboration or Conflict Resolution EffortU.S. Forest Service, Alaska Collaborative Stewardship Symposiums1998
Regulatory NegotiationsUS EPA Microbial Disinfection Byproducts Regulatory Negotiation1996
Process DesignMid-Atlantic Take Reduction Team1996
Joint Fact Finding/Neutral EvaluationMarine Mammal Take Reduction Team Process and Evaluation1995

Case Experience by Subject Matter

ServiceCaseYear
OceansNortheast Regional Ocean Council Planning and Facilitation2012
Endangered Species and/or Critical HabitatMidwest Wind Energy Habitat Conservation Plan2011
Wildlife IssuesAmerican Wind Wildlife Institute2009
NEPAGreat Plains Wind Energy Habitat Conservation Plan2009
Climate ChangeInternational Climate Change Water Adaptation Forum2009
Energy Issues (Including Transmission, u00a0Development and Conservation Issues)Department of Interior Wind Turbine Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee2007
Water QualityUS EPA National Drinking Water Advisory Committee Small System Affordability Criteria Working Group2002
Environmental HealthUS EPA Arsenic Rule Cost Estimate Methodology Working Group2001
Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiu2019ian IssuesNational Park Service and State of Alaska Glacier Bay Public Involvement Process1999
Cross-cultural IssuesU.S. Forest Service, Alaska Collaborative Stewardship Symposiums1998
Coastal Zone and/or Marine Management IssuesMarine Mammal Take Reduction Team Process and Evaluation1995
FisheriesState of Maryland Oyster Management Plan1993

Type of Public Decision

ApplicationCaseYear
Siting and ConstructionDeepwater Wind Fishing Community Engagement2012
License and permit issuanceGreat Plains Wind Energy Habitat Conservation Plan2009
Policy developmentDepartment of Interior Wind Turbine Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee2007
PlanningLouisiana Coastal Restoration Commission2000
RulemakingUS EPA Microbial Disinfection Byproducts Regulatory Negotiation1996
Implementation/monitoring agreementsMarine Mammal Take Reduction Team Process and Evaluation1995

Case Size

SizeCaseYear
Cases involving more than 3 but less than 15 participantsNYSERDA Biodiversity and Energy Mapping Project Advisory Committee2011
Cases involving 15 to 60 participantsDepartment of Interior Wind Turbine Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee2007
Cases involving more than 60 participantsNational Wind Coordinating Collaborative1994

Case Jurisdiction/Scale

JurisdictionCaseYear
Local/communityDeepwater Wind Fishing Community Engagement2012
InteragencyU.S. Geological Survey Wind Energy Impacts Assessment Methodology2012
StateNYSERDA Biodiversity and Energy Mapping Project Advisory Committee2011
IntergovernmentalGreat Plains Wind Energy Habitat Conservation Plan2009
InternationalInternational Climate Change Water Adaptation Forum2009
Large landscape scaleWestern Governors Association Western Renewable Energy Zones2008
National or regionally significant casesDepartment of Interior Wind Turbine Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee2007
Tribal governmentNational Park Service and State of Alaska Glacier Bay Public Involvement Process1999
Multi-jurisdictionalUS EPA Microbial Disinfection Byproducts Regulatory Negotiation1996

Process Support Services

Meeting Support
Support ServiceCaseYear
Experience in a team of multiple ECR ProfessionalsNortheast Regional Ocean Council Planning and Facilitation2012
Engagement of technical experts/third party science advisorsUS EPA Microbial Disinfection Byproducts Regulatory Negotiation1996
Logistical and administrative support (organizing logistics for meetings, notetaking, etc.)National Wind Coordinating Collaborative1994
Collaborative Technologies
Collaborative TechnologyCaseYear
Project Websites (static, interactive, portals, etc.)Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Workshop2012
Implementation Tools (e.g., content management tools, project management tools)American Wind Wildlife Institute2009
Visualization Tools (e.g., electronic maps, flyover video simulations, geographic information systems, digital storytelling)Western Governors Association Western Renewable Energy Zones2008
Engagement/Communication Tools (e.g., polling tools, social media, collaborative document production, video conferencing, webinars, ideation tools)Department of Interior Wind Turbine Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee2007
Decision Analysis/Decision Support/Modeling (e.g., spatial analysis, multi-criteria discussion support, scenario planning, charettes)US EPA Microbial Disinfection Byproducts Regulatory Negotiation1996
Evaluation and Monitoring Tools (e.g., electronic survey tools, dashboards)National Wind Coordinating Collaborative1994

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