Stacie Nicole Smith

Senior Mediator and Director, Workable Peace

Stacie Nicole Smith is Senior Mediator and Director of Workable Peace at CBI, where she is a mediator, facilitator, coach, and trainer. Her work includes curriculum and training for international, national, and local government entities, NGOs, and schools; facilitation of multi-sector community and national stakeholder dialogues and collaborations; and assessment and mediation of national public policy issues. She specializes in facilitating highly complex and contentious groups, where identities, values and interests intertwine, in contexts involving environment issues (land use, water, energy), historic and cultural resources, health, and education. 

Stacie has provided process design, mediation, and facilitation for public processes in a wide range of settings and contexts, from local neighborhood disputes to national dialogues and negotiations, including recent projects facilitating a joint fact finding process for a community wind project, a regional framework for water quality management planning, a multi-stakeholder collaborative process to develop a preservation and use plan for a highly contentious historic resource of the National Park Service, and national negotiated rulemaking around priorities for funding construction of Bureau of Indian Affairs-funded schools.  She has helped organizations and groups evaluate and resolve internal communication and policy challenges, and has facilitated dozens of local land use decision-making processes.

She has also designed and implemented training and curriculum development for negotiation, difficult conversations, and mediation for a range of clients and uses, including both face-to-face and on-line training workshops in negotiations, strategic communications, and partnerships for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), UNAIDS, and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC); a didactic curriculum on Heritage Place Management for the Getty Conservation Institute; and workshops on an array of topics. As Director of Workable Peace, Stacie brings both academic and professional experience to the task of integrating negotiation and conflict management skills into high school history curricula.

Stacie is a Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution in both the Education and the Environment and Public Policy sections.  She has taught a graduate course at University of Massachusetts Boston, and guest lectures in courses at Tufts University and Harvard Law School. Prior to CBI, she taught high school English and Social Studies at a small public high school in Brooklyn.

Areas of Focus
Community engagement, school construction, education, environment, land use, radon and air toxics, social and cultural resources, international development, diversity, voluntary collaboration and partnerships, NEPA, Superfund cleanup, senior project management, and online training and process-support tools

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Ms. Smith graduated from Brown University in 1994, earning a B.A. with Honors in American Social and Political Theory. Ms. Smith completed her M.A. degree in the teaching of Social Studies at Columbia University Teachers College in 1996.

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