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Senior facilitator and mediator Laura Kaplan has over a decade of in-depth experience designing and conducting collaborative processes including assessment, group facilitation, multi-party collaboration, strategic planning, negotiation, mediation, training, and collaborative public involvement. Current projects include a multi-county regional water planning effort, National Forest planning in the Sierra mountains, tribal outreach, working with members of the public who are fundamentally opposed to planning activities, facilitation of original research and joint-fact finding on a controversial policy topic, and integration of science into policy-making.
Laura’s past projects at CCP include facilitation of the California Roundtable for Central Valley Flood Management; facilitation of multi-agency planning for two international science symposiums; facilitation of an advisory committee to the City of Sacramento’s Water Master Plan update; a negotiation between water purveyors and environmental interests over a potential new water intake facility on the Sacramento River and new water wholesale contracts; an assessment of potential efforts to reduce the incidence of ships striking whales in the Santa Barbara Shipping Channel; an internal assessment for the Forest Service related to updating the travel management plan for part of Six Rivers National Forest; facilitating the San Joaquin County Flood Protection Technical Advisory Committee; facilitating the update of the American River Parkway land use plan; public outreach meetings for the California Department of Mental Health Suicide Prevention Plan Advisory Committee; and an assessment, training, and manual for public participation practice for the California State Water Boards. Laura has been a guest lecturer for classes at California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Berkeley; University of Denver; and the University of Colorado.
Laura holds an M.S. degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a B.A. degree in Environmental Relations from Alfred University. When she's not at work, Laura enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and cooking.