Todd Bryan

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Todd Bryan, Ph.D., is a Strategic Partner at RESOLVE and is a recognized expert in collaboration, consensus building, and conflict management. As a mediator and facilitator he helps agencies, organizations and communities work across ideological and cultural boundaries to make better informed decisions and find enduring solutions to challenges facing people and the environment. As a social science researcher, he conducts independent assessments of complex situations to help stakeholders understand and overcome barriers to collaborative solutions. As a trainer he helps agencies, organizations, and communities build collaborative capacity to bridge their own boundaries.

Todd is currently leading a research project on community engagement in unconventional oil and gas development in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Texas. In partnership with Resources for the Future, the project is exploring practices employed by companies, local governments, and civil society to negotiate a social license to operate.

Todd formerly held senior level positions with CDR Associates and the Keystone Policy Center. Prior to work as a mediator and trainer, Todd led non-profit organizations focused on land conservation, watershed management, and the sustainable use of natural resources; directed a progressive State wetlands regulatory program; and managed a national coalition to help rural water utilities meet safe drinking water requirements. In addition, for the past 17 years Todd has taught graduate-level courses in negotiation and environmental mediation in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado and in the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan.

He is the author of the article Tragedy Averted: the Promise of Collaboration and is a contributor to the book Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts. Todd’s pioneering doctoral research explored a longstanding forest management and endangered species conflict and the role of identity in perpetuating and then helping resolve the conflict. His dissertation received awards both nationally and internationally and has important implications for integrating science and decision making at the local, regional and national level.

Todd has a Ph.D. in Resource Policy and Behavior from the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan, a MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, MS degrees in water resource management and landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin, and a BS in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky. Todd is based in Boulder, Colorado where he has lived for 25 years.