Dorian Fougères, Ph.D.
Director, Southern California Office
Dorian Fougères is a consensus-building practitioner with 15 years of experience in natural resource policy and management, including seven years with the Center. He is a Senior Mediator and the Director of the Center’s Southern California Office. He uses a broad array of designs, skills, and tools to help parties reach agreement on how to address challenging policy issues and planning processes. He creates meeting spaces where public agencies can have meaningful and productive conversations with diverse stakeholders – whether elected officials, scientists and engineers, farmers, California Native Americans, businesspersons, and planners. His focuses on water and forest resource management conflicts, especially cases involving groundwater, drought, flood, wetlands including meadows, climate change, water conservation, vegetation and fuels management, prescribed fire, and forest carnivores and raptors. He specializes in negotiations that combine policy with technical scientific and engineering information, such as endangered species conservation and hydraulic and geotechnical levee design. His areas of expertise include conflict assessment and resolution, technical joint fact-finding, collaborative visioning & strategic planning, facilitation and collaborative leadership training, and project management. His federal, state, and local government forums span from executive bodies and summits to multiple-year consensus-building projects, science-intensive workshops, citizen advisory committees, and large-scale public engagement symposia.
Dr. Fougères has been with the Center since 2007, and led several of its annual Professional Development Series. He is on the National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals, and a member the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, Mediators Beyond Borders, and the American Society for Public Administration. He completed his PhD at UC Berkeley in 2005, after spending six years working on the political ecology of coral reefs and mangroves in Indonesia. He graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University in 1998 with a degree in anthropology and an honors thesis on participatory action research and natural resource management, with fieldwork in Australia, Canada, and the US.