In 30 years of serving as a mediator, Mary Margaret is well versed in the intricacies of coming to fair and amicable agreements – whether in South Africa, Eurasia, or the United States. As a result of practicing in some of the world’s most tense and conflict-ridden areas, Mary Margaret can diffuse explosive situations with ease. Her keen sense of humor comes in handy, as well as her ability to communicate under pressure.
At home around the world, Chris has worked in close to 50 countries and cultures. He specializes in assisting diverse parties – government agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations – design innovative dispute resolution systems and mechanisms to resolve a range of types of conflicts and build capacities for implementation. Chris also provides professional process design, facilitation and mediation assistance to help successfully settle complex and contentious disputes over public policies, water, land, natural resources, energy development and species issues. Chris provides leadership in the design of peacebuilding initiatives and increasing citizen access to justice after violent conflicts and major political transitions. Chris is enthusiastic and trustworthy and makes an ideal partner for navigating rough waters.
As a child, Susan couldn’t decide between becoming an ambassador for the United Nations or the conductor of the Boston Symphony. As it turns out, her career path neatly encompasses elements of both her passion for international peacebuilding and her ability to orchestrate harmonious accords among diverse constituents. Susan thrives on puzzles and paradox, which makes her an especially innovative and energetic mediator. Curious by nature, she relishes the challenges in resolving development conflicts in the United States as well as on the other side of the world. Susan leads the firm’s sustainable development practice, and is an experienced mediator and systems thinker.
When state and federal agencies look for a reliable resource to gather and disseminate information, and to keep the lines of communication open, Jonathan invariably is at the top of the list. He has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to bring the public and agencies together to solve problems and make solid decisions. Jonathan thrives on complex, high-stakes negotiations, especially in the areas of natural resources and transportation. Off the clock, Jonathan relaxes by playing the cello and by running the numerous paths surrounding his mountain home.
Taber is a Project Manager at CDR where she designs and facilitates meetings on a range of environmental, transportation, development, and public policy issues. She has worked for five years on organizational and strategic planning, community building and developing stakeholder engagement processes and events. Taber advises Boards of Directors, executive strategy sessions, business development teams and facilitates government affairs and policy efforts on behalf of clients. Taber is adept at working across and between sectors with social entrepreneurs, activists, government, non-profits, and business leaders.
Prior to joining CDR, Taber earned a law degree at Colorado Law School in Boulder. After graduating, Taber practiced public health and natural resource law for the State of Colorado and also founded Mountain Flower Goat Dairy, a non-profit urban agriculture project with a mission to train the next generation of farmers while stewarding the land and providing humanely produced dairy products to the community. In her free time, Taber can be found mucking around with goats or on a hike in the beautiful Colorado mountains
Gian joined CDR in 2014, having returned to his home state after studying at Hampshire College and working in New York. Gian was previously at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Vice Media. Gian handles the day-to-day operations at CDR; if you have a question, he’s the one to go to.