RESUME FOR MARTHA C. BEAN, PRINCIPAL
Over 24 years experience with special expertise in:
Assessing resource conflicts and issues, designing systems for resolution
Mediating complex multi-party natural resource disputes
Creating visual depictions of complex systems and key concepts
Facilitating groups to focus on results and craft needed products
Providing supportive and strategic leadership to agencies and organizations
Teaching environmental mediation using interactive methods and real examples
Mediated and facilitated over 50 multi-party groups to reach agreements, manage resources and
set action plans. Topics include: siting public facilities, distributing water rights, dam relicensing,
making information on toxics available electronically, establishing rules for the oversight of water
and wastewater systems, disbursement of federal lands, and management of nuclear clean-up.
Managed major environmental assessment and decision projects with budgets ranging from
ten thousand dollars to several million dollars. Garnered resources and staff, monitored and
tracked progress, delivered products on time and within budget.
Created and implement workshops, lectures and trainings on mediation, facilitation, and
decision processes with a focus on public policy and environmental issues. Authored interactive
cases for use in these sessions. Participants consistently rate trainings as ‘excellent’, ‘outstanding’
and ‘very responsive and interactive’.
Designed and implemented collaborative decision processes for use in a wide variety of
settings. These have included crafting legislative rules, establishing strategic plans for city councils,
creating visions for watershed studies, and consulting with the public on issues such as waste
disposal, traffic safety and toxic clean up.
Researched, wrote and delivered papers and lectures on a variety of conflict resolution topics for
professional conferences, university ethics and law classes, congregations, and continuing legal
education seminars. Subjects included: Northwest collaborative decision making styles, Getting to
Aha! - finding and using moments of insight in public policy mediations, Comparing mediation in
congregations and with secular groups, and lessons learned from environmental mediation efforts.
Post Graduate Studies: University of Washington School of Forestry. Emphasis: the
integration of science into public policy decisions.
Master of Arts: University of California at Berkeley, 1981. Environmental Planning.
Bachelor of Science: Huxley College of Environmental Studies, Western Washington
University, 1978. Environmental Planning.
King County Public Utilities: Various Projects
Doug Osterman, Green Duwamish Watershed Coordinator 206- 296-8069.
Yellowstone Winter Use Public Outreach
John Sacklin, Winter Use Plan Manager, Yellowstone National Park 307- 344-2020
OR Nedra Chandler, Principal of Cadence consultant group 406-61-1621.
Training and Coaching for Agencies
Nedra Chandler, Principal of Cadence mediation and facilitation services 406-61-1621
OR Suzanne Orenstein 978- 922-1841 OR Larry Fisher, U.S. Institute for
Environmental Conflict Resolution 520-670-5657.
Umpqua Technical Settlement Implementation
Lois Schwennesen, Schwennesen and Associates 206-567-4734.
Chelan County PUD corridor and collaboration projects
Rob Salter, former manager at the PUD, now with the City of Wenatchee 509-886-
Chelan-Douglas Land Trust Strategic Plan
Gordon Congdon, Director 509- 667-9708 OR Susan Ballinger, Citizen activist 509-
South East Alaska Conservation Coalition Retreats and Plans
Katya Kirsch, former Executive Director 907-766-3448.
Whatcom County Land Trust Planning Retreat
Wendy Walker, Board Member and former Chair 360-970-7210
City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and the Environment Annual Retreat
Steve Nicholas, Director 206-615-0829.
Normandy Park City Council Strategic Plan
Merlin MacReynolds, City Manager 206- 248-7603
University Baptist Church Strategic Plan and Vision
Tim Phillips, Pastor, 206-632-5188.
Seattle Public Utilities: Various Projects
Louise Kulzer, Water Quality Team Leader 206- 733-9162 OR Sally Marquis, Director
Surface Water Management Division 206-733-9157.
Cowlitz Dam Relicensing Settlement
Toby Freeman, PacifiCorp Project Lead 503- 813-6208 OR Jeff Koenings, Director of
WDFW 360- 902-2225 OR Neil Wise, Washington State Attorney General 360- 664-
0307 OR Scott Yates, Trout Unlimited 307- 733-6991.
PNW Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit Executive Board
Dr. Gordon Bradley, U of W College of Forest Resources 206- 685-0881.
The mediated agreement between agencies and stakeholders advising Tacoma Power on the
relicensing of two hydroelectric dams on the Cowlitz River was accomplished by Ms. Bean
under tension-filled and complex circumstances. Parties included Tribal, federal, state and local
governments, and several non-governmental organizations. The project included a two-day training
tailored for the participants. Tacoma Power expects to reach settlement with parties prior to the
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submittal of their final license application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the
close of 1999. License approval was granted by FERC on March 13, 2002. Issues included fish
passage, endangered species, hatchery and wild salmonid management, recreation on Forest
Service sites, wildlife, congruity with federal acts, control trust lands, and local control of resources.
Implementing settlement agreements can give rise to new challenges and the need for
additional in-depth dialog. The best settlement agreements anticipate this, and include provisions
for ongoing collaboration and agreement when the details of the settlement are ready to be put into
practice. Ms. Bean has worked with technical sub-groups working through the implementation of
two relicensing settlements, one on the Umpqua River in Oregon; the other for the Cowlitz River.
For Umpqua settlement parties, Ms. Bean mediated a technical working group determining the
scope of and expectations for detailed fisheries studies needed to implement the adaptive
management plan from the agreement. For the Cowlitz, Ms. Bean facilitated dialog between
settlement parties on the detailed provisions of the Fisheries Hatchery Management Plan. The
settlement agreement includes guiding standards for the Fisheries Hatchery Management Plan,
and outlined a specific negotiating process for the details of this plan.
Ms. Bean has worked to assist several Tribal Nations and their farming neighbors to determine
how they can work together constructively on salmon recovery. A central task of this effort is to
assist the parties to determine how to integrate emerging scientific knowledge about salmon
lifecycles with the practice of economically viable agriculture. A similarly important task is to help
the parties accumulate a reservoir of trust and experience such that they can continue working
together productively in the future.
The USDA Forest Service, in partnership with the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict
Resolution, recently asked Martha Bean to work with Headquarters and foresters throughout the
country to design and implement a pilot program on collaboration. This program will make expert
resource teams available to people in the Regions and Forests who need a quick and expert
conflict assessment, or assistance designing a partnership program with stakeholders, or aid in
determining how best to integrate science into collaborative problem solving process. The pilot
program was underway in 2003.
Recently, Ms. Bean assisted attorneys, program managers and technical staff within an agency to
define and articulate how to address conflicting laws and mandates governing their agency. The
difficulties associated with these conflicts were numerous, expensive and consternating to staff.
They were also consternating to the affected public, who did not get consistent responses and
treatment from within the agency. Of particular concern were gaps in the degree of environmental
protection afforded Native Americans on trust lands. Laws and regulations both inadvertently
created and exacerbated these gaps. Ms. Bean helped the group define the issues, decide which
could be addressed through formal – but internal – policy changes, and which would require work
in the legislative branches of government (at the state and Federal level
Ms. Bean convened and facilitated negotiated rule-making meetings for the Washington State
Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors regarding the 'scope of
engineering practice' for small on-site sewage and small public water systems. The process
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involved convening interviews, caucus meetings, several plenary and small group sessions, as well
a final consensus report used by the Commission in their deliberations on the topic.
Federal law requires each National Forest to periodically revise their management plans.
These plans guide the stewardship and use of all resources on the Forest, including those with
social, economic and ecological value. Ms. Bean is working with the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman
and Malheur Forests in Eastern Oregon to help them – and interested stakeholders – produce a
Plan that will have broad support and staying power. Volatile issues include fire management,
grazing, timber harvest and recreational access. Ms. Bean is helping design workshops for both
conveying complex scientific information as well as generating meaningful feedback from the
public. She facilitates these workshops, as well as special topic-oriented meetings. A group of
elected County officials serve as co-conveners for the planning process; Ms. Bean facilitates the
work of this group as well.
‘Who gets to use Yellowstone National Park in the winter – and under what conditions?’ is a
question that has been highly charged and very political for years. Currently, an EIS is being
written to help guide the right choices for winter use in the future. Martha Bean is senior advisor to
the Park Service on this project, bringing her process design expertise and large-group facilitation
skills to the project. In March of 2006, Ms. Bean helped design and implement a set of meetings to
introduce emerging EIS alternatives. Given that past meetings have been marred by shouting and
physical threats, the Park Service was delighted that participants in these open houses gave
exemplary evaluations to the process and the Team.
American Indian Environmental Office asked Martha to plan and conduct a meeting on behalf of
the new Director. This meeting is understood to be an opportunity to re-build relationships and
partnerships that suffered during several years of transition and a vacant director position. Conflict
among meeting participants has been overt; Ms. Bean has been asked to mediate the agenda and
conduct a meeting that focuses on issues, but also allows parties to address underlying sources of
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