Peter Harkema, M.A.
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 Odell , J.D.
Natural Resources Program Manager
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.
Brett Brownscombe, J.D.
Senior Project Manager
Before joining Oregon Consensus, Brett served as natural resource policy advisor to Oregon Governors Kitzhaber and Brown, with interim service as Deputy Director of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Earlier in his career, Brett worked on conservation policy, hunting advocacy, and salmon biology/population efforts in Montana and Alaska; advancement of public land litigation and forest collaboration while living in rural northeast Oregon; and on-the-ground projects and conflict management efforts related to water use and stream habitat. Brett earned a J.D. and a certificate in environmental law from Lewis and Clark, Northwestern School of Law, and an undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
Robin Harkless, M.S.
Robin offers expertise in assessment, process design, and facilitation of complex public policy consensus seeking processes. Robin holds a B.A. in Communications from Portland State University and an M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Creighton University’s Werner Institute. In 2012, she received the Oregon Mediation Association’s Sid Lezak Award for Excellence for outstanding service to Oregon.
Amy Delahanty, M.S.W.
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.
Before taking on her current role, Jennah worked at OSU’s College of Forestry, doing project coordination and science communications. She has also worked in the environmental nonprofit sector doing development and educational outreach, in addition to her previous work in the agricultural realm, ranging from the local land-use level, to global food systems. Jennah studied International Development at the University of Oregon with a focus on public policy, community health, and sustainable development.
Laurel Singer, M.S., L.P.C.
Executive Director, National Policy Consensus Center
Laurel Singer is Executive 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.