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Gina Bartlett is a managing senior mediator with the Center for Collaborative Policy and Director of the Bay Area Office. Her public policy mediation practice is primarily concentrated in applying consensus building to natural resource issues. She conducts situation assessments, facilitates effective meetings and mediates challenging issues. Bartlett’s specialty is multi-party negotiation and problem solving. She has extensive experience in water resources, public lands management, natural resources planning and education. She is adept at working with scientific information in collaborative efforts. Ms. Bartlett received her Master's degree from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in 1994 and has worked in the field since 1991. She has been on the roster of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution since its inception.
Ms. Bartlett is currently facilitating development of the Owens Lakebed Master Plan in the Eastern Sierras. The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power has convened a 30-member collaborative to develop a collective lakebed vision to address public trust, dust control, habitat and wildlife, water conservation and potential renewable energy. Ms. Bartlett is also facilitating the Sierra Cascades Dialog. With approximately 150 people attending, the intent is to hold regular conversations to enhance understanding and trust on forest management issues in the Sierra Nevada and Cascades. Following a successful mediation for the Sierra National Forest in an area that has been subject to lawsuits and conflict for 11 years, Ms. Bartlett is now providing strategic guidance to the collaborative group. It has expanded its effort to encompass 135,000 acres and received a decade of substantial federal funding. Ms. Bartlett also works with the Sonoma County Water Agency that is convening a broad based stakeholder group to develop a groundwater management plan for the Santa Rosa Plain, an area with five cities and large numbers of rural residential well owners. She recently facilitated a long-range planning effort for the Piedmont Unified School District defining excellence in the face of financial constraints. Other projects of interest are the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area Scientific Review Committee, California Water Plan, the California Urban Water Conservation Council, the Cosumnes, American, Bear and Yuba Rivers’ (CABY) Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, Forest Service National Planning Rule Regional Roundtable, the San Francisco Bay Water Trail, and Sonoma Valley Groundwater Management Plan.