Rich Wilson is a Senior Mediator/Facilitator for the Center. He brings to the Center extensive experience in resource conservation, sustainable business and program management. The collaborative approach to his work creates durable alliances between resource managers, the private sector, conservation NGOs and diverse stakeholder interests. Rich’s work spans more than a dozen countries and has resulted in improved marine protected area management capacity and performance; fishery management legislation and coastal development policy recommendations; broadly supported groundwater management plans; negotiated agreements between federal and state marine resource managers; widespread reduction in anchor damage to coral reef ecosystems; and pioneering partnerships among divergent stakeholder groups.
In his role at the Center, Rich works on a range of projects. Past efforts include support for the development of the California spiny lobster fishery management plan, development and Department of Water Resources approval of the Southern Sierra Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, and facilitation of the annual meeting of the Contemporary Groundwater Issues Council in California. Rich helped directors of state marine resource management agencies successfully negotiate agreements with the National Marine Fisheries Service on budgeting and strategic planning, Endangered Species Act implementation, recreational fishing and enforcement. Rich currently supports stakeholder groups working to improve groundwater management in Sonoma County and manage nutrient impacts in the San Francisco Bay. Over the course of his career, Rich has designed and facilitated hundreds of workshops, consultations and trainings on public policy and dispute resolution, sustainable business, resource conservation and management planning, and training of trainers. Rich holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University, Chico. He is a Certified Professional Facilitator with the International Association of Facilitators and has completed training with the International Association of Public Participation and the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution.