Ona Ferguson

Senior Mediator

Ona Ferguson is a Senior Mediator at the Consensus Building Institute and lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. At CBI, Ona designs and facilitates meetings on a range of environmental and public policy issues, and on organizational and strategic planning. She specializes in helping groups work constructively together on natural resource and public policy issues. Ona co-leads CBI’s coastal and ocean practice. Ona has led collaborative dialogues and public processes on ocean planning, shoreline management, local land use disputes, and ecosystem restoration throughout the northeastern US. Her most recent work has focused on helping agencies in New York State jointly develop guidance for using natural shoreline features to reduce sea level rise risk to communities, on generating options for stakeholder engagement in Long Island Sound marine spatial planning, and on helping a partnership of the City of Cambridge, its institutions and businesses develop a strategic plan.

Ona has conducted many assessments of complex situations and teaches negotiation, leadership and facilitation for graduate students, policy makers, non-profit sector staff and volunteers. Ona is listed on the roster of conflict resolution professionals of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution and the Massachusetts Office of Collaborative Practice (MOCP). She is co-author of Land in Conflict: Managing and Resolving Land Use Disputes.

Areas of Focus
Coastal and estuary management, climate adaptation and resilience, strategic planning, public land use and management, public policy conflicts, voluntary collaboration, natural resource management, and Superfund sites.

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Education
Ona has a Masters of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she studied Land Use Law and Policy, and a B.A. from Smith College.