Maya Breitburg-Smith, Mediator

Maya Breitburg-Smith is a Mediator at RESOLVE, where she convenes and facilitates collaboration and consensus building dialogues on wide range of natural resources and environmental health issues and provides process design, project management, and strategic planning services. Ms. Breitburg-Smith has a strong history working with groups in highly charged, technically complex situations, and draws on her experience as a seasoned facilitator and ability to connect with and listen to the people engaged in the issue to identify shared and competing interests. To accomplish this, Ms. Breitburg-Smith works closely with clients to shape an appropriate process structure that empowers parties to engage in successful dialogues and define and accomplish their goals.

Ms. Breitburg-Smith also serves as Collaborative Technology Coordinator at RESOLVE, and works closely with staff and clients to identify and implement technologies that improve the efficacy and efficiency of collaboration and facilitation.

Prior to joining RESOLVE, Ms. Breitburg-Smith served for three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji, where she managed community-based marine conservation projects and facilitated trainings. Through her work experience and education, Ms. Breitburg-Smith has developed knowledge in effective environmental communication, terrestrial and marine resource management issues, community-based conservation approaches, environmental health, international and domestic environmental management policies, urban forestry, and mediation. She received a Master’s degree in Environmental Management, with a focus in conflict resolution and negotiation, from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Education

2012    Master of Environmental Management. School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2005    Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Conservation Biology and Biodiversity. University of Maryland, College Park, MD