Laura Sneeringer

Senior Associate

Laura Sneeringer is a Senior Associate with CBI whose primary focus is helping increase effectiveness and productivity within and across organizations and partnerships. She conducts assessments to uncover core organizational needs and opportunities and helps implement recommendations, facilitates team and partnership building and strategic planning efforts, mediates high conflict situations, and provides training in collaborative skills. She is a certified coach who helps individuals refine their leadership style, clarify their niche where interests and expertise align, prepare for transitions and resolve conflicts.

Laura also facilitates a wide range of environmental and public policy decision-making efforts, often on highly technical and contentious issues. She is an action-oriented facilitator with a knack for organizing complex information in an understandable way. She has worked with federal, state and local governments, tribes, industry, environmental advocates, and non-profit organizations.

Laura is on the roster of conflict resolution professionals with the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. She is based in Denver, Colorado.

AREAS OF FOCUS

Organizational effectiveness, water quality, energy development, land use planning, transportation, and wildlife. Services include strategic planning, partnership building, coaching, facilitation, mediation and training.

Highlighted Projects

  • Conducting an assessment of EPA’s workplace conflict management services to determine existing capacity and whether enhancements are needed to assure services are coordinated, accessible, equitable, and effective and have adequate resources.
  • Facilitated partnership building between the City of Colorado Springs Parks Department and volunteer Friends Groups who help manage the parks. The group was having relationship and service-related challenges, based partially on fluctuating budgets. The group clarified roles and responsibilities, decision-making processes, communication protocols and dispute resolution procedures.
  • Facilitated Colorado Dept. of Transportation strategic planning discussions that resulted in the development and implementation of an innovative regional water quality program that focuses funding on “bigger bang for the buck” projects and includes coordination with local agencies.
  • Facilitated the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee, which resulted in a consensus recommendation among tribes and Indian allottees, oil industry and the federal government. The updated regulation offers greater simplicity, certainty, and consistency in determining revenues for mineral lessees.

EDUCATION

Laura holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Policy Studies from Syracuse University.