Patrick Field is Managing Director at the Consensus Building Institute and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. For 24 years, he has built consensus and collaboration capacity on complex public and organizational issues in the U.S. and Canada. His primary focus is building agreements on and finding solutions for the built and natural environment across sectors, interests, disciplines, and organizations.
Areas of Focus
Leading CBI’s U.S. practice, Patrick mediates and facilitates public engagement and stakeholder processes on natural resource, land use, transportation, energy, and water issues across the United States and Canada. He frequently works with and between local, regional, state, and federal governments. He is particularly adept at designing and facilitating processes that integrate technical complexity, community involvement, and agency decision-making. He has worked with federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Defense, and others. He has worked extensively with Native American and First Nation communities and governments. Patrick has worked with major industrial sectors in energy, mining, construction and development, and food and agriculture. His cases have involved energy facility siting, Superfund cleanup, river, estuarine and groundwater restoration, food system and sustainable agriculture policy and programs, land use and transportation projects and policy, and wildlife management.
Patrick also helps organizations improve their effectiveness and manage change, redesign decision processes and systems, and establish collaboratives across sectors and interests. He works with nonprofits, government agencies, and private entities to improve their negotiation skills and procedures. Patrick helps organizations internally explore and hone strategic direction in the face of opportunity and threat. He also helps organizations analyze, revise, or re-create their stakeholder processes. He has worked on strategic planning for state and federal agencies and nonprofits; governance for PJM and MISO, two large regional electric transmission private entities; and reform of the federal budget process.
- PJM Governance Process Assessment, Redesign, and Implementation
- U.S. EPA, U.S. Army corps and States and Tribes Assumable Waters under CWA Section 404(g)1
- Funding for the repair, renovation, and new construction of Indian schools
- PCB Cleanup of the Hudson and Housatonic Rivers’ Superfund sites
- Project on Nutrition and Wellness: Increasing Consumer Demand for Healthier Eating
- U.S. Northeast Regional Oceans Plan
- Developing a national monitoring and modeling plan for U.S. Bat populations
- New Hampshire Energy Siting Evaluation Committee Review
The following is a partial list of clients:
- U.S. Air Force
- U.S. Army
- Department of Homeland Security
- Veterans Affairs
- Housing and Urban Development
- Department of Interior
- Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Department of Agriculture
- New Hampshire
- New York
- North Carolina
- National Wildlife Federation
- World Wildlife Fund
- National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
- Farm to Institution New England
- Capital One
- United Distillers
- Canadian Bankers Association
- National Mining Association
- American Petroleum Institute
- Grocery Manufacturer’s Association
Education and Affiliations
Patrick is listed on the roster of conflict resolution professionals of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution and for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Interior. He holds an M.C.P. in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. summa cum laude from Carleton College.
Books and Articles
- Increasing the effectiveness of Participatory Scenario Development through Codesign, in Ecology and Society, with McBride, et.al. 2017.
- Joint Fact-Finding: Process and Practice, Schenck and Matsuura, editors. Chapter co-author with Susskind and Smith, Routledge, 2017.
- Public and Stakeholder Participation for Managing and Reducing the Risks of Shale Gas Development, Environmental Science and Technology, 2014, 48 (15), pp 8388–8396, with D. Warner North, Paul C. Stern, and Thomas Webler.
- Land in Conflict: Preventing and Resolving Land Use Conflict, with Ona Ferguson and Sean Nolon, Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, 2013.
- Evaluating Community-based Collaboration on Federal Lands and Resources, with Matt McKinney. Society and Natural Resources, 21(5), May-June 2008 (Vol. 21, No. 5, pp 419-429).
- The Negotiator’s Fieldbook: The Virtues and Limits of a Kaleidoscope, co authored with David Fairman and Hal Movius. Negotiation Journal. July 2007.
- Joint Fact Finding, co-authored with Lawrence Susskind and Mieke Van der Wansem. Hanna, Kevin and D. Scott Slocombe (Eds.) 2007. Integrated Resource and Environmental Management: Concepts and Practice. Oxford University Press, Oxford and Toronto.
- Risk Perception, Risk Communication, and Stakeholder Involvement for Biosolids Management and Research. Co-authored with Ned Beecher, Ellen Harrison, et.al. 34:122-128 (2005). Journal of Environmental Quality.
- Overcoming the Barriers to Environmental Dispute Resolution in Canada. Co-authored with Darshan Brach, Lawrence Susskind, and William Tilleman. Vo. 81 (August 2002) 396, The Canadian Bar Review.
- Using Mediation in Canadian Environmental Tribunals: Opportunities and Best Practices 2000. Co-authored with Dr. William Tilleman, Lawrence Susskind, and Matthew Taylor in the Dalhousie Law Journal.
- Dealing with an Angry Public: A Mutual Gains Approach to Rebuilding Trust and Improving Long Term Relationships. 1996. Co-authored with Lawrence Susskind. New York: The Free Press.