Dorian Fougères, Ph.D.
Director, Southern California Office
Dorian Fougères is a consensus-building practitioner with 14 years of experience in natural resource policy and management, including six 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 skills and tools to help parties reach agreement on how to address challenging policy, scientific and engineering, and cross-cultural issues. His customized process designs create forums where public agencies can have meaningful and productive conversations with diverse stakeholders, including elected officials, planners, businesspersons, California Native Americans, growers and farmers, and engineers and scientists. Dr. Fougères’ work focuses on water and forest resources, including flood protection, groundwater, conservation, wetlands, fire, fuels management, public safety, and forest carnivores. His areas of expertise include conflict assessment and resolution, collaborative visioning & strategic planning, technical joint fact-finding, and facilitation and collaborative leadership training. His work has involved a wide range of forums, including executive bodies and summits, citizens’ advisory committees, multi-year consensus-building projects, large-scale public engagement events, and science-intensive workshops.
Dorian has been with the Center since 2007, and has co-led its Professional Development Series for the past two and half years with Senior Mediator Sarah Rubin. He is on the National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals, and a member of IAP2 Northern California Chapter, the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, Mediators Beyond Borders, the American Society for Public Administration, and other professional associations. Dr. Fougères completed his PhD at UC Berkeley in 2005, after spending six years working on the political ecology of coral reefs and mangroves in Indonesia.