Laura Kaplan

Laura Kaplan

Laura Kaplan

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Position or Title Senior Mediator / Facilitator

Professional Biography I've practiced in most corners of this field - assessment, process design, facilitation, negotiation, mediation, training, leadership development, coaching / mentoring, collaborative project management, strategic planning, visioning, collaborative public participation, etc. My strength is finding some combination of conflict intervention and / or collaborative skills to help people do the work they need to do together. I am comfortable with conflict and enjoy working with people to create outcomes they can feel proud of. I strive to bring both optimism and realism to my work.As a facilitator, I adapt to what a group needs, whether that be increased organization and order, space for exploratory conversation, specific interactions between groups, better definition of questions and options, or something else.  I do not have predetermined beliefs about how groups should function, such as an insistence on relationship building or insistence on dispassionate logic. I learn about the parties and assess how I can be most useful in helping them resolve their issue. Recently my policy focus has been water, including water quality, supply, conservation, flood protection, habitat restoration, and river parkway planning. However, my interests are broad. I enjoy projects that will make a substantive difference, and I'm a quick study.

Address Line 1 City of

City Boulder

State Colorado

Zip 80305

Phone 916-529-4971

Small Business No

GSA Schedule Provider No

Federal Employee No

Native Dispute Resolution Network No

Total Cases Last 10 Years 25

Case Experience by Subject Matter

Water issues GeneralNorthern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Plan2013
Watershed Management and/or PlanningNorthern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Plan2013
Environmental Planning (e.g., NEPA, Forest plans, travel mgmt., resource mgmt.)Inyo National Forest Plan Update2013
Archeological and/or Historic PreservationInyo National Forest Plan Update2013
Endangered Species and/or Critical HabitatCalifornia Roundtable for Central Valley Flood Management2013
FisheriesSacramento Area Water Forum Successor Effort2012
Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiu2019ian IssuesForest Service Region 5 Tribal Consultation Assessment2012
Water Management, Allocation, RightsCity of Sacramento Water Master Plan Update2011
Public lands issues Including use and AccessSix Rivers National Forest Travel Management Internal Assessment2010
Coastal Zone and/or Marine Management IssuesSanta Barbara Ship Channel Assessment and Stakeholder Discussion2009
FloodplainSan Joaquin County Flood Management Technical Advisory Committee2008
Parks and Refuge IssuesAmerican River Parkway Plan Update2006

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