Rebecca Gilbert


Rebecca Gilbert is an Associate at the Consensus Building Institute. She supports CBI clients and senior management through logistics planning, communications, writing, and a growing facilitation and mediation practice. Before joining CBI, Rebecca was the NOAA Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). She previously worked as a fisheries researcher in Maine and a field geologist in California.

Areas of Focus

Rebecca supports the facilitation and mediation of environmental planning and management disputes. She works with private citizens, scientists, NGO staff, and state and federal agency officials to build consensus and further stakeholder engagement in decision-making processes. Rebecca’s primary practice areas include ocean planning, Superfund cleanup, energy, climate mitigation and adaptation, and watershed management.

Exemplary Projects

  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management State Task Forces Assessment
  • Cambridge Climate Change Preparedness and Resiliency Plan
  • Housatonic River PCB Remediation Citizens Coordinating Council
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean, Indicator Monitoring and Assessment Program
  • Wolastoq/St. John River Watershed International Cross-Boundary Summit
  • Dams and Sediment in the Hudson River Advisory Committee

Education and Affiliations

Rebecca has a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Geosciences from Williams College.

Books and Articles

Shumchenia, E., Napoli, N., Field, P., Gilbert, R. (2017). Developing an indicator monitoring and assessment program to support the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan Health Ocean Ecosystem Action 5.