As Oregon Consensus Director, Peter oversees conflict resolution services, program development, and staff. He leads consensus-seeking projects that help groups resolve complex policy issues. He also teaches collaborative governance to students and professionals.
Peter 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 has a master’s degree in international development from Tulane University in New Orleans and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and international development with a minor in Spanish from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Senior Project Manager
Turner conducts assessments of public policy situations to gauge the potential for collaborative problem solving. He provides skilled facilitation to help groups negotiate complex policy issues. And he teaches collaborative governance to university students and professionals.
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 JD from the Rutgers School of Law in Newark, and a bachelor’s degree in resource economics from Cornell University.
Senior Project Manager
Brett oversees the NPCC team and underlying governance structure that support the SageCon Partnership project, an ongoing collaboration between diverse government and non-government entities addressing public land management, sagebrush habitat conservation, urban-rural divide tensions, and community vitality in eastern Oregon. Brett is also part of Oregon Consensus teams working on the Elliott State Forest project and the Western Oregon State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan effort.
Before joining NPCC, Brett served as natural resource policy advisor to Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, followed by interim service as Deputy Director of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, and then as a policy advisor to Governor Brown. Early in his career, Brett worked on conservation policy in Montana and Alaska, did nonprofit work in rural Oregon on public land litigation and collaboration, and later worked on advancing 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 joined the Oregon Consensus team in May 2016 after 15 years in private practice with DS Consulting in Portland, Oregon. She brings extensive experience assessing, designing and facilitating collaborative processes on complex natural resource and public health public policy issues. With a background in communication and conflict engagement, Robin helps people engage in challenging conversations toward positive, sustainable relationships and sound public policy decisions.
Robin has worked extensively in the region on contentious water and land use issues which intersect multiple governments, species, and socioeconomic needs, providing impartial facilitation and coaching support to help dynamic groups work toward durable agreements. She served as a senior facilitator for the Columbia River Regional Forum, a sovereign to sovereign negotiating body focused on management of the federal hydroelectric system in the Columbia Basin, from 2007 to 2016. She has a B.A. degree 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 Sid Lezak Award for Excellence for Outstanding Service to Oregon from the Oregon Mediation Association.
Amy Delahanty conducts assessments, and designs and facilitates collaborative processes with agencies and their publics. She has conducted collaborative governance research for the center, and has assisted with statewide projects, including Oregon’s Regional Achievement Collaboratives, Early Learning Hubs, and several community engagement projects and civic crowdfunding initiatives.
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 a part-time 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.
Executive Director, National Policy Consensus Center
Laurel Singer leads state and national programs that provide conflict resolution and community engagement services, as well as applied research and training in collaborative governance. Laurel has expertise in designing and implementing processes that help organizations, public bodies, and stakeholder groups make decisions collaboratively. She teaches collaborative governance to professionals and graduate students, and presents on the topic nationally and internationally.
Since joining NPCC in 2006, Laurel has served in various service and leadership capacities. She draws on 30 years of experience as a manager, facilitator, mediator, and trainer in public service and private practice. Laurel has worked extensively in the human service arena, where she helped pioneer the first parent-adolescent mediation program in the Northwest. Laurel has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon and is enrolled in the Public Affairs and Policy PhD program at Portland State University. In 2011, Laurel received the Oregon Mediation Association’s Bryan Johnston Award in recognition of her outstanding service in the public policy mediation field.