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Posted: 1/31/2017

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce that Stephanie Kavanaugh was promoted to Director of its Washington, D.C., office effective January 9, 2017.

Ms. Kavanaugh joined the Udall Foundation as a Senior Program Manager for the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution in June of 2015, and took on the role of Acting Director of the DC Office in February of 2016. Prior to joining the Udall Foundation, she facilitated collaborative processes at NOAA’s National Ocean Service for eight years. She began her federal career as an ORISE fellow at the EPA Office of Water, and brings more than 14 years of experience in facilitation, mediation, and stakeholder involvement around environmental issues. She has facilitated dozens of meetings on very sensitive topics, including nuclear waste disposal, marine energy facilities and coral reef conservation. Furthermore, she has trained hundreds of federal agency staff and contractors in group facilitation, conflict resolution and collaboration.

Udall Foundation Executive Director Philip Lemanski said, “Stephanie is a gifted facilitator and mediator who has dedicated her civil service career to helping government agencies, stakeholders, and citizens work together more efficiently and effectively.”

Ms. Kavanaugh earned her Master of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland in College Park and her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology from Eastern Illinois University. In addition, she holds a certificate in Public Participation from the International Association for Public Participation, and is also an International Association of Facilitators Certified Professional Facilitator.

“The Board is excited to continue to work with Stephanie in a leadership capacity for the Foundation. We are confident that the Udall Foundation will benefit from Stephanie's work for many years to come.” 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 Native Americans 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 Native American 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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