Toby Berkman is a Senior Associate at CBI and affiliated faculty at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. An attorney by training and a former litigator, Toby has been facilitating dialogue and mediating complex public disputes for more than a decade. His practice focuses on helping organizations and stakeholders collaborate more effectively around difficult public issues, both domestically and internationally. He has worked with stakeholders and organizations at the local level, in the Alewife neighborhood right in CBI’s backyard, as well as the national and international stage, with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Defense, the United Nations and the World Bank. As affiliated faculty at the Harvard Program on Negotiation, Toby teaches courses on collaborative problem solving and dispute resolution to law students, executives, and professionals from around the world.
Toby’s work bridges CBI’s U.S. and international programs. He works locally in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the U.S. to problem-solve and build consensus on issues including energy, transportation, urban development, land use, climate change adaptation, environmental restoration and conservation, and oceans and water resources.
Internationally, Toby works with international organizations, donors, and community groups to address or prevent conflict around development projects, inter-community violence, and human rights. He has worked internationally on consensus-building and human rights issues in Sierra Leone, Nepal, Nigeria, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, and elsewhere.
Toby is also an expert in organizational capacity building for collaboration and a skilled and sensitive mediator. As a trainer, he focuses on delivering memorable learning experiences that resonate with participants on both personal and professional levels. And as a mediator, he leverages his legal training and conflict resolution background to help parties find creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems or disputes.
The following is a partial list of clients:
Municipal, State & Regional Agencies and Organizations
Nonprofit Organizations and Foundations
Toby is a certified mediator in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and the American Bar Association. He was admitted to the New York bar in 2013. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2010, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a mediator with the Harvard Mediation Program. He also received a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2010, where he was awarded the Zuckerman Fellowship for academic excellence and commitment to public service.