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Rebecca Gilbert


Rebecca Gilbert is an Associate at the Consensus Building Institute. She supports CBI clients and senior management through through research, writing, communications, and a growing facilitation and mediation practice. Before joining CBI, Rebecca was the NOAA Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). She previously worked as a fisheries researcher in Maine and a field geologist in California.

Areas of Focus

Rebecca supports the facilitation and mediation of environmental planning and management disputes. She works with private citizens, scientists, NGO staff, and state and federal agency officials to build consensus and further stakeholder engagement in decision-making processes. Rebecca’s primary practice areas include marine resources, Superfund remediation, climate adaptation, energy, and watershed management.

Exemplary Projects

  • U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management State Task Forces Assessment
  • Cambridge Climate Change Preparedness and Resiliency Plan
  • Housatonic River PCB Remediation Citizens Coordinating Council
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean, Indicator Monitoring and Assessment Program
  • Wəlastəkw/St. John River Watershed International Cross-Boundary Summit
  • Delaware Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act Process Recommendations Report
  • World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program Knowledge Exchange Forum 2017


The following is a partial list of clients:

Federal Agencies and Programs

  • U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Estuarine Research Reserve System

State Agencies and Partnerships

  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean
  • Northeast Regional Ocean Council
  • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Local Municipalities

  • City of Cambridge, MA

Nonprofit Organizations 

  • Maliseet Nation Conservation Council
  • Mystic River Watershed Association

International Organizations

  • The World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program

Education and Affiliations

Rebecca has a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Geosciences from Williams College. She is an alumna of Williams-Mystic: the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport.

Rebecca is a volunteer court mediator with the Somerville Mediation Program.

Books and Articles

Shumchenia, E., Napoli, N., Field, P., Gilbert, R. (2017). Developing an indicator monitoring and assessment program to support the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan Health Ocean Ecosystem Action 5.