Director, CBI West and Senior Mediator
Tania Carlone is the Director of CBI West and Senior Mediator at the Consensus Building Institute. She brings more than 20 years of experience in community organizing, organizational leadership and education in the United States and internationally. For the past 10 years, Tania has provided facilitation and mediation services with a focus on collaboration and consensus building in multi-party water and natural resources policy environments. Prior to coming to CBI, Tania was a Senior Mediator at the Center for Collaborative Policy at California State University Sacramento. She is based out of the San Francisco office.
Tania’s primary focus is building the capacity of parties to collaborate and reach agreement on complex issues. Tania assists individuals and groups with diverse perspectives collaborate in various policy areas, most notably water and natural resources as well as land management and land use. She works with a wide range of stakeholders, including federal, state, and local agencies; tribal governments; disadvantaged communities; nonprofits; and advocacy groups. In her practice, she uses a breadth of tools and strategies, such as situational assessments, communications and engagement plans, and on-line technologies to bring to light interests and areas of conflict and ultimately to achieve outcomes that are broadly supported. She has been embedded in the implementation of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act since 2015. In this capacity, she facilitates large-scale public engagement events throughout the state and negotiates the creation of new local and regional governing agencies to regulate and manage groundwater. Additionally, Tania has recently served as the community engagement lead on a high-profile land re-use project for an 860-acre state-owned site in Sonoma Valley, California.
Tania also designs collaborative processes to improve organizational effectiveness. She facilitates strategic planning efforts with nonprofits and public agencies and provides strategic guidance to organizational leaders. She creates the requisite structure to facilitate dialogue in small organizational settings and large workshops and events for hundreds of participants.
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Tania holds a master’s degree in education and organizational leadership and a B.A. in political science with emphases in public policy and peace and conflict studies from the University of San Francisco.
M.E. DuPraw, S. Di Vittorio, D. Ceppos, M.D. Wylie, M. Kopell, S. Lucero, T. Carlone, M. Meyer, and S. Horii. 2017. Groundwater Sustainability Plans: California’s Newly-Formed Groundwater Sustainability Agencies – The Rewards of Optimizing Effective Coordination and Collaboration. The Water Report: Issue 162, August.