Staff Profiles

Peter HarkemaPeter Harkema, M.A.
Director
(503) 725-8191 pharkema@pdx.edu

Peter Harkema previously worked as a senior Project Manager for Oregon Consensus, and before that, as a Senior Associate for Kearns and West mediation firm in Portland. He served in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as program developer for the Association for a More Just Society, and taught at the International School. Peter earned an M.A. in international development from Tulane University in New Orleans and a B.A. in environmental studies and international development with a minor in Spanish from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.

Turner_Odell2011Turner Odell , J.D.
Natural Resources Program Manager
(503) 725-8200 todell@pdx.edu

Before joining Oregon Consensus, Turner Odell worked as senior mediator for RESOLVE in Portland focusing on public policy mediation. He served as senior attorney with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., counsel to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, senior project attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council and as an associate with the Fried Frank law firm in New York. Turner earned a J.D. from the Rutgers School of Law in Newark, and a B.S. in resource economics from Cornell University.

Robin Harkless, M.S. (candidate)
Project Manager
(503) 725-9099 hrobin@pdx.edu

Robin brings extensive experience assessing, designing and facilitating collaborative processes. Before joining Oregon Consensus, she spent 15 years as a private practitioner with DS Consulting in Portland, and was a process designer, moderator and state Commissioner for the Oregon Citizen Initiative Review. Robin has a B.A. degree in Communications from Portland State University and is a candidate for the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution M.S. degree at Creighton University. In 2012, she received the Oregon Mediation Association’s Sid Lezak Award for Excellence for outstanding service to Oregon.

 

Amy Delahanty, M.S.W.
Project Associate, National Policy Consensus Center
(503) 725-9077 amy.delahanty@pdx.edu

Before taking on her current role in 2015, Amy worked as a Graduate Assistant for the National Policy Consensus Center providing both project support and research assistance. Since that time, Amy has worked on projects focusing on education, social services, natural resources, community engagement and civic crowdfunding. In addition to her role at NPCC, Amy is an adjunct instructor at Mt. Hood Community College in the Transiciones Program. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from The Ohio State University.

Laurel_Singer 2011Laurel Singer, M.S., L.P.C.
Director, National Policy Consensus Center
(503) 725-8224 laurels@pdx.edu

Laurel Singer is the Director of the National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC), which houses Oregon Consensus. Since joining the center in 2006, Laurel has served as Director of Oregon Consensus and Oregon Solutions, Director of NPCC Training, and as a Project Manager for Oregon Consensus. Laurel draws on 25 years of experience as a facilitator, mediator, and trainer in public service and private practice. She has worked extensively in the human service arena at both the treatment and management level, where she helped pioneer the first Parent-Adolescent Mediation program in the Northwest. In 2011, she received the Oregon Mediation Association’s Bryan Johnston Award in recognition of outstanding service in the public policy mediation field. Laurel holds an M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon and is currently enrolled in the Public Affairs and Policy PhD program at Portland State University.