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Lisa Beutler, Associate Director
Lisa Beutler serves as lead facilitator on numerous complex, high profile, collaborative projects. Her experience spans a broad spectrum of subjects including water supply and quality, flood management, land use, energy, recreation, law enforcement, religious conflict, and technology, including collaboration related to Geographical Information Systems and Telemedicine. Her professional background, covering over 30 years, includes organizational development, law enforcement, resources, and experience in local and state government. She also has specialized expertise in working with issues involving Executive Teams, Boards and Commissions.
She is a nationally recognized practitioner in large group processes. One international project involved serving on the team that helped convene a session for the 2004 Parliament of World’s Religions in Barcelona, Spain. This included designing a meeting methodology for engaging 400 global leaders of religious and spiritual communities – in partnership with leaders and others from organizations in civil society, government and business – to address the availability of clean, safe water.
Her work is and has been studied extensively including reviews in the Public Productivity & Management Review, various professional publications associated with conference proceedings, studies by the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, and a new book by Cornell professor John Forrester on planning titled Dealing with Differences Dramas of Mediating Public Disputes. Her work is also cited in texts on Future Search, change management, and planning and another new book titled "Creating the Future Together: Large Group Methods for Faith Communities," by Billie Alban and Loren Mead for managers working with churches and faith communities.
Prior to joining CCP, Lisa was a peace officer for 14 years, held posts in special offices of one Lt. Governor and two Governors, and was the Undersecretary of the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency. She also spent part of her career as a State Park Ranger and at the State Lands Commission, where she assisted with high level negotiations related to dredging, wetlands management and off-shore oil. During this time she also directed law enforcement activities on public lands and managed 500,000 acres of property located throughout California.
She is currently working on projects involving the Office of the Governor, State Parks, the USDA Forest Service, the Office of the Patient Advocate, CalEMA (Emergency Services), CalFIRE, and the State Library, in addition to an extensive water management portfolio.
She occasionally lectures in the Master of Public Policy program at Sacamento State and is the instructor for the North Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program. In her spare time she serves on several non-profit Boards and is the President of the Sacramento (Northern California) Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.