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Posted: 3/6/2014

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce Peter B. Williams, Ph.D., is joining the Udall Foundation as the Director of its U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. Dr. Williams joins the Udall Foundation after 15 years as a public collaboration leader and manager in the U.S. Forest Service.

The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution helps federal agencies and other stakeholders resolve environmental, public lands, and natural resources conflicts and build capacity for environmental collaboration and conflict resolution. The U.S. Institute’s range of services include consultations, assessments, process design, convening, neutral selection, mediation, facilitation, training, case management, program design and other related activities covered by the Udall Foundation’s enabling legislation.

Dr. Williams is known for his national expertise in collaboration on environmental issues, including landscape scale cooperatives, the use of online technologies for collaboration, and his training and facilitation support for agency collaboration and expertise. He brings a strong background in working with federal agencies during his career. He is a respected leader, who has served as Acting Forest Supervisor for Wayne National Forest in Ohio and led national collaboration policy within the Forest Service for resource management and interagency coordination.

Udall Foundation Executive Director Philip Lemanski said, “Peter Williams is widely recognized as a collaborative problem solver who brings great integrity to his work.”

Dr. Williams received a Ph.D. in Public Land Policy and Planning from Utah State University in 2007, where he also earned a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource and Environmental Policy. He earned a Master of Science degree in Wildland Recreation and Park Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College in Ohio.

"We are very pleased to have Peter join the Udall Foundation staff in a senior position. We are confident that the Udall Foundation will benefit from Peter's work for many years to come. His commitment to public service and collaborative problem solving are a vital part of the legacy that Mo and Stewart Udall left for Arizona and the nation," said Eric Eberhard, chair of the Udall Foundation Board of Trustees.

About the Udall Foundation

Established by Congress in 1992, the Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships and internships for study in fields related to the environment and to American Indians and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and tribal public policy; provides funding to the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and to the Native Nations Institute to conduct environmental policy research, research on American Indians and Alaska Native health care issues and tribal public policy issues, and training; and provides assessment, mediation, training and other related services through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

For additional information, please contact Executive Director Philip Lemanski at (520) 901-8500 or

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