Gina Bartlett

Senior Mediator

Gina Bartlett is a senior mediator whose practice concentrates on collaboration, consensus building, and negotiation within and across organizations. Bartlett’s specialty is multi-party negotiation and problem solving in complex, high stakes cases. She also works with organizations to develop collaborative governance structures and strategic plans. She has worked for 20 years on a broad range of areas and has significant experience in water and natural resources, land management, scientific and technical issues, energy, and education. She often works with tribal, federal, and state governments, elected officials, non-governmental organizations, business, scientists, and other decision makers to craft strategies and implement collaborative efforts. Bartlett’s style is dynamic and engaging. She is experienced working with large groups and engaging diverse participants, including young people, Native Americans, and rural individuals.  She is adept at working in conflict, creating a structure and environment to explore issues and reach quality outcomes. 

Gina is on the roster of conflict resolution professionals with the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. She is based in San Francisco, California. 

Areas of Focus

Public policy, water resources, public lands, land use, natural resources, ecosystem restoration, and education. Services include mediation, joint fact-finding, assessments, dialogues, collaboration, strategic planning, and facilitation.


  • Facilitating meetings with executive directors to develop organizational plan for Joint Policy Committee tasked with coordinating regional policy on climate and economic prosperity of four Bay Area agencies: the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Association of Bay Area Governments, and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. 
  • Conducting interviews and designing workshop to develop citizen science framework for the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
  • Facilitated effort to develop terms for a new Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Mono Basin licensing agreement. The effort concentrated on implementing flow recommendations to improve fisheries and habitat of Mono Basin streams while providing drinking water to Los Angeles, the culmination of a 12-year legally stipulated monitoring program. 
  • Designed and facilitated quarterly dialog on an “all lands” approach and the future of the Sierra Nevada and Cascades with 140 participants. 
  • Facilitated development of Bay Conservation & Development Commission strategic plan to guide agency’s work in the face of uncertainty associated with rising sea level, climate change, and constrained funding. 


Gina earned her Master's Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Illinois.

Featured Articles

  • “Community Engagement Benchmarking Report,” co-authored with Malka Kopell and Nicholas Dewar for the City and County of San Francisco Office of the Controller (2013).
  • “Interest-Based Deliberative Democracy in Natural Resource Management: New Leadership Lessons Required for New Public Governance,” Co-Author in New Public Governance: A Regime-Centered Perspective. Edited by B. Cook (M.E. Sharpe 2014)
  • “Joint Fact Finding and Stakeholder Consensus Building at the Altamont Wind Resource Area in California,” Author in Science and Stakeholders: Solutions to Energy and Environmental Issues, edited by J. Burger (Springer 2011)
  • “Developing Collaboration and Cooperation,” Author in Managing Sierra Nevada Forests, edited by M. North (United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, General Technical Report 237, 2012)