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Dave Ceppos, Associate Director

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David Ceppos is a Senior Mediator / Program Manager with the Center for Collaborative Policy. Ceppos has a comprehensive background in developing consensus based, stakeholder-driven, resource management processes. He additionally has considerable management and field experience in watershed planning, ecological assessment, hydrology, hazardous waste management, and habitat restoration.

He most recently has been the senior mediator and process designer of the California Bay-Delta Program (CALFED) multi-agency Suisun Marsh Regional Implementation Planning process. The Suisun Marsh is the largest brackish water wetland in western North America. The project is a collaborative NEPA/CEQA planning effort including 8 state and federal agencies in a consensus based decision process. He is currently the senior mediator and process designer for the multi-agency Lake Tahoe Basin Pathway 2007 process, a regional planning effort including 45 negotiating stakeholders and twelve technical work groups including over 130 technical specialists in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The project is attempting to collaboratively coordinate and resolve resource management issues associated with three major planning efforts in the Basin: the TRPA Regional Plan Update, the USFS Forest Plan and the Lake Tahoe Total Maximum Daily Load effort. Dave was the managing senior mediator and process designer for Phase I of the South San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Collaborative process. He has been the long-standing project manager, lead mediator and process designer for the Yolo Bypass Working Group on behalf of the Yolo Basin Foundation and CALFED. This project received the California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for 2000. Related to the Yolo Bypass, he is the principal investigator on the Lower Bypass Collaborative Process Feasibility Study and the facilitator of the Yolo Bypass Modeling Technical Advisory Committee.

Ceppos' past experience includes work as the project manager, lead mediator, and process designer for the Upper Klamath Basin Working Group Restoration Planning project, during the recent Klamath Basin water use crisis. He has similarly been the lead facilitator / mediator and process designer for the Headwaters Forest Reserve Management Plan for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and California Department of Fish and Game. He has been the long-standing process designer, mediator, and program manager for the Lower Butte Creek Program on behalf of Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Game, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. This project includes 120 diverse stakeholders over a 70-mile reach of Butte Creek and has resulted in the removal and/or redesign of 15 water control structures to improve anadromous fish passage and agricultural water delivery.

Ceppos received a B.LA. in landscape architecture from the University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, in 1985 with an emphasis in Environmental Planning. He conducted post-graduate studies at UF in environmentally related behavior. He has completed additional graduate level studies in mediation, facilitation, and risk communication through Emory University; Columbia University; and Pepperdine University. He is a member of the International Association of Public Participation, the Society of Ecological Restoration, and the Association for Conflict Resolution. He is recognized by the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution as an Approved Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professional on their national practitioner roster.