Michael Kern

Michael Kern

Michael Kern

Email Address m.kern@wsu.edu



Position or Title Director

Professional Biography Michael Kern is the Director of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center operated by Washington State University Extension and the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs. The Center provides expertise to improve the quality and availability of voluntary collaborative approaches for policy development and multi-party dispute resolution. Michael has over 20+ years of experience helping diverse groups reach common ground on public policy issues in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the Ruckelshaus Center, he was a Senior Associate at Seattle-based Triangle Associates, providing facilitation, mediation, public involvement, strategic planning, and project management, and other services. Michael is a member of the state of Oregon's Alternative Disputer Resolution Provider roster, and has a Master of Public Administration degree from the UW Evans School. He has completed projects for the City of Seattle, State of Washington, US Forest Service, National Park Service and others. He also provided facilitation and project management for the North Cascades Initiative, Hatchery Reform Project, Hanford Openness Workshops, and other projects.

Address Line 1 901 5th Avenue, Suite 2900

City Seattle

State Washington

Zip 98164

Phone 206-428-3021 or 509-335-2937

Fax 509-335-2926

Small Business No

GSA Schedule Provider No

Federal Employee No

Native Dispute Resolution Network No

Total Cases Last 10 Years 25

ECR Services Provided

Conflict/Situation AssessmentColumbia River Salmon Assessment2012
Strategic Planning for Collaboration or Conflict Resolution EffortChehalis Flooding2011
Regulatory NegotiationsAgriculture and Critical Areas/Voluntary Stewardship Program2010
Mediation/Assisted NegotiationAgriculture and Critical Areas/Voluntary Stewardship Program2010
Public Engagement/Public InputSeattle Shoreline Master Program Update2009
Joint Fact Finding/Neutral EvaluationHatchery Reform2009
Process DesignSeattle Tolt Watershed Management Plan2009
Policy DialoguesHanford Openness Workshops2000
Facilitation of Collaboration or Conflict Resolution EffortHanford Openness Workshops2000

Case Experience by Subject Matter

Endangered Species and/or Critical HabitatColumbia River Salmon Assessment2012
FloodplainChehalis Flooding2011
Agricultural issuesAgriculture and Critical Areas/Voluntary Stewardship Program2010
Environmental Planning (e.g., NEPA, Forest plans, travel mgmt., resource mgmt.)Seattle Shoreline Master Program Update2009
Energy Issues (Including Transmission, u00a0Development and Conservation Issues)Seattle Green Building Task Force2009
FisheriesHatchery Reform2009
Watershed Management and/or PlanningSeattle Tolt Watershed Management Plan2009
Land Use, Growth Management, Sustainable DevelopmentWashington Growth Management Hearings Boards (GMHBs) Efficiency Study and Restructuring Analysis2009
Public lands issues Including use and AccessNorth Cascades Initiative2007
Radioactivity (Waste, Substances, Storage, Leakage, Transport)Hanford Openness Workshops2000
Environmental JusticeTribal Risk Roundtable1998
Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiu2019ian IssuesTribes and Counties Intergovernmental Cooperation Project1996

Type of Public Decision

Implementation/monitoring agreementsAgriculture and Critical Areas/Voluntary Stewardship Program2010
Policy developmentHatchery Reform2009
PlanningSeattle Tolt Watershed Management Plan2009
Siting and ConstructionNational Parks/Port Angeles Water Plant2008

Case Size

Cases involving 15 to 60 participantsAgriculture and Critical Areas/Voluntary Stewardship Program2010
Cases involving more than 60 participantsHatchery Reform2009
Cases involving more than 3 but less than 15 participantsHanford Openness Workshops2000

Case Jurisdiction/Scale

Multi-jurisdictionalChehalis Flooding2011
StateAgriculture and Critical Areas/Voluntary Stewardship Program2010
Local/communitySeattle Green Building Task Force2009
InteragencyHatchery Reform2009
Large landscape scaleNorth Cascades Initiative2007
National or regionally significant casesHanford Openness Workshops2000
Tribal governmentTribal Risk Roundtable1998
IntergovernmentalTribes and Counties Intergovernmental Cooperation Project1996

Process Support Services

Meeting Support
Support ServiceCaseYear
Experience in a team of multiple ECR ProfessionalsColumbia River Salmon Assessment2012
Logistical and administrative support (organizing logistics for meetings, notetaking, etc.)Hatchery Reform2009
Engagement of technical experts/third party science advisorsSeattle Tolt Watershed Management Plan2009
Collaborative Technologies
Collaborative TechnologyCaseYear
Project Websites (static, interactive, portals, etc.)Aviation Biofuels2011
Engagement/Communication Tools (e.g., polling tools, social media, collaborative document production, video conferencing, webinars, ideation tools)Agriculture and Critical Areas/Voluntary Stewardship Program2010
Implementation Tools (e.g., content management tools, project management tools)Hatchery Reform2009
Decision Analysis/Decision Support/Modeling (e.g., spatial analysis, multi-criteria discussion support, scenario planning, charettes)Hatchery Reform2009
Evaluation and Monitoring Tools (e.g., electronic survey tools, dashboards)Hatchery Reform2009

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