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David E. Booher

David Booher provides strategic consulting to the Center on research, education, and policy issues. He is a planner and policy consultant in many of the content areas for collaborative policy and has authored and co-authored numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on governance, public participation, collaborative policy, and consensus building, including the lead chapter in Deliberative Policy Analysis: Understanding Governance in the Network Society published by Cambridge University Press. His recent publications include "Collaborative Governance" in the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy and "Civic Engagement as Collaborative Complex Adaptive Networks" in the new book Civic Engagement in Network Society. Most recently he is coauthor with Judith Innes of the book Planning with Complexity: An Introduction to Collaborative Rationality for Public Policy. It will be published in January 2010 by Routledge.

David is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Sacramento where he teaches graduate courses on collaborative policy-making. He is also a part time instructor at the University of California, Berkeley. David's current research focus is on the role of collaboration strategies in supporting more adaptive governance by public agencies, and the role of civic engagement in public decision making to improve policy outcomes.

David has worked on collaborative policy projects with the Center since 1990, including serving as Co-Chair of the California Governance Consensus Project and as Chair of the California Environmental and Economic Recovery Coalition. He coordinates the Collaborative Democracy Network on behalf of the Center. David is available to consult with the Center and its clients on collaborative projects. Recently he assisted the administration and faculty of California State University Sacramento in developing a framework for shared governance of the campus. The Western Association of State Colleges accreditation team visited the campus in the spring of 2009 and noted in their report “Nothing short of a remarkable cultural shift has occurred at Sacramento State towards best practices in transparency and collaborative governance.” David has also worked on collaborative projects in strategic planning, statewide water planning, groundwater management, land use, infrastructure, housing, K-12 education, and state and local budgeting.

David holds Master degrees in political science from Tulane University and in planning from the University of Tennessee.