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Rachel Freed

Senior Consultant

Rachel Freed is a Senior Consultant at the Consensus Building Institute. With 25 years of experience as a mediator, facilitator, and trainer, she specializes in multi-party processes involving environmental permitting, public policy, workplace conflict, and organizational/structural issues.

Prior to joining CBI, Rachel spent over 30 years working in a state environmental regulatory agency, where she specialized in water resources protection, including permitting and policy issues related to wetlands protection, ecological restoration, and sea level rise. She has extensive experience mediating and facilitating regulatory, public policy, and strategic discussions with government, non-profit, and private entities to support problem-solving and public engagement; her expertise also covers the implementation of mediated agreements. Rachel's mediation practice includes a focus on workplace conflicts and organizational and structural issues. She has designed and implemented conflict systems and has provided training on negotiation and workplace conflict for many years. 

Rachel holds a Master's degree in Conflict Resolution from UMass Boston, a Master's degree in Urban Affairs and Environmental Planning from Boston University, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Boston University.

Partial List of Clients 

Lemberg Children's Center, Waltham, MA
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Human Resources Division
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Massachusetts Invasive Plant Action Group (MIPAG)
Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts