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Stacie Nicole Smith

Managing Director

Stacie Nicole Smith is Managing Director at the Consensus Building Institute, where she has more than 20 years of experience as a mediator, facilitator, coach, trainer, and researcher on a broad range of public issues in the U.S. and internationally.  

Areas of Focus

Stacie’s work includes assessment, facilitation, and mediation of multi-sector community and national stakeholder dialogues, disputes, and collaborations; training and curriculum design for international, national, and local government entities, NGOs, and schools; and research and writing on collaboration on public policy issues. She specializes in facilitating highly complex and contentious multi-party disputes around substantively challenging technical issues, where identities, values, and interests intertwine. She brings substantive expertise in environment issues (land use, water, energy), historic and cultural resources, Tribal and Indigenous peoples, and education.  

Exemplary Projects

  • Isle Royale National Park Non-Tribal Section 106 Consultation Process
  • Cape Cod 208 Area-Wide Water Quality Plan Update
  • Mass DEP Wind Turbine Noise Technical Advisory Group
  • Reporting Guidance for Palm Oil Commitments
  • No Child Left Behind Facilities and Construction Negotiated Rulemaking
  • Workable Peace Curriculum Development and Training 


The following is a partial list of clients:

International Organizations

  • United Nations Development Program
  • World Health Organization

U.S. and Canadian Federal Agencies

  • National Park Service
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Defense
  • First Nations Tax Commission

State and Regional Agencies

  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Cape Cod Commission

Local Municipalities

  • Orleans, MA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • San Antonio, TX

Foundations and Nonprofit Organizations

  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Climate Land Use Alliance
  • Getty Conservation Institute
  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy 

Education and Affiliations

Stacie is a member of the Environment and Public Policy Section and the Education Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and is listed on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution’s National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals, as well as the roster of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Interior, and the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration.  She has served as Adjunct Professor at University of Massachusetts Boston, and guest lectures in courses at Tufts University, Harvard Law School, and for the National Charrette Institute. Stacie holds a B.A. from Brown University and a M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College. 

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