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Brian Manwaring

Director, National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution

manwaring@udall.gov | (520) 901-8529

Brian is the Director of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation’s (Udall Foundation) John S. McCain III National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution (National Center). Brian has worked at the Udall Foundation for more than 11 years and has served as Director of the National Center since 2017. He has approximately two decades of facilitation, mediation, decision analysis, conflict assessment, collaborative support, and public involvement experience with fresh water, ocean/coastal, public lands, energy, transportation, and other issues. Brian’s focus has been on large, complex, and challenging collaborative processes, particularly in the water resources arena. Prior to joining the National Center, Brian consulted at an environmental engineering firm, CH2M Hill, for five years. In addition, he was an organizational development consultant for more than six years, working in the nonprofit and technology sectors.

Brian earned his M.A degree in Conflict Resolution, with a focus on environmental policy, from the University of Denver. He has a B.S. degree in Management Science/Decision Support Systems from Virginia Tech. Brian served as a past co-chair for the Association for Conflict Resolution Environment and Public Policy Section.


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