Patrick Field is Managing Director of CBI and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. He leads CBI's Energy, Environment and Land Use practice and has helped thousands of stakeholders reach agreement on natural resource, land use, water, and air issues across the United States and Canada. Patrick is experienced at working with diverse large groups at the interface of policy, politics, and technical complexity, those seeking collaborative action and public engagement, and socially disadvantaged groups such as Native Americans and First Nations. He often works with and between local, regional, state, and federal governments and is a dynamic trainer and lecturer, delivering curricula to professionals across sectors in the U.S. and globally.
Patrick is listed on the roster of conflict resolution professionals of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, E.P.A’s master contract for ADR professionals, and the Massachusetts Office of Collaborative Practice (MOCP). He is co-author of the award-winning book, Dealing with an Angry Public, as well as numerous journal articles and research papers. He was born and raised on a ranch in rural western Colorado and currently resides in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Areas of Focus
Land use, air quality, natural resource protection, Superfund cleanup, agency reorganization, energy siting and policy, Native Americans and First Nations, transportation, climate change adaptation, water supply and quality, agricultural policy.
- Assessment and Negotiated Rulemaking Facilitation: Bureau of Indian Education
- Facilitating the Farm and Food Policy Project
- Facilitating Environmental Agreements for the Massachusetts Military Reservation Superfund Cleanup
- PJM Interconnection: Assessing a Stakeholder Process and Governance Structure
Patrick holds an M.C.P. in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from Carleton College.
- Dealing with an Angry Public
- Consensus Building and Dispute Resolution (Book Chapter)
- Integrating Scientific Information, Stakeholder Interests, and Political Concerns in Resource and Environmental Planning and Management (Book Chapter)