Dale Schafer has been working in the field of environmental and public policy dispute resolution and consensus building for over 12 years. As an associate of the Mediation Institute, Dale helped facilitate the successful development of a set of consensus-based guidelines among stakeholders, private industry, local governments, and state and federal agencies on the scientifically-debated issue of the use of high-energy seismic sounding in oil exploration off the coast of Southern California. Ms. Schafer also acted as a facilitator for a Community Advisory Panel established by the Principle Responsible Parties in a mediated agreement concerning a proposed EPA superfund site which developed a plan for a recreational park and multi-use community center.
Dale joined the Center in 2001 and has spent much of her time facilitating joint planning and management of local water supplies among water districts, local jurisdictions, private agricultural pumpers, farmers, business interests and energy organizations, NGOs and southern California Tribes as a facilitator with the California Department of Water Resources, Division of Integrated Regional Water Management Dale has focused her efforts on the desert regions of Southern California, including Hemet/San Jacinto, Coachella and Imperial. In addition, she served as facilitator for the Lake Tahoe Pathway 2007 Forum which consisted of 43 stakeholder groups including government agencies, businesses, recreationists, and environmentalists. Pathway 2007 was a cooperative endeavor by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the U.S, Forest Service and environmental regulators from California and Nevada. The goal of the project was to collaboratively coordinate and resolve resource management issues and update long-range management plans.
Dale was part of a team from CCP who partnered with the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution to provide an independent assessment of the feasibility of pursuing a collaborative approach to revising the Recovery Plan for the Mojave population of the desert tortoise, listed as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The CCP team conducted interviews with more than 50 stakeholders in the southern California region and contributed to the feasibility assessment report.
Dale Schafer holds a B.A. and a secondary teaching credential in Spanish and French from UCLA, and a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law and a Master of Dispute Resolution from the Strauss Institute. Prior to entry into the field of dispute resolution, Ms. Schafer was an educator and behavioral researcher at the Los Angeles Zoo.