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Tushar Kansal

Senior Associate

Tushar Kansal is a Senior Associate at the Consensus Building Institute. He has five years of experience as a facilitator, mediator, and trainer in collaborative problem solving and negotiation within and across organizations. He has worked extensively on public policy issues over a broad range of areas, including energy and natural resources, climate change, land management, scientific and technical issues, and water resources. Tushar also works with organizations to develop collaborative governance structures and strategic plans, and is adept working across and between sectors with government, non-profit, and business leaders. 

Areas of Focus

Tushar has worked extensively as both a facilitator and organizational development consultant during his time at CBI. He builds consensus and collaboration capacity on a wide range of issues, including renewable energy, oil and gas development, and other forms of energy and extractive resources; management of oceans, coasts, and marine resources; education; revitalization of national parks; and the management and health of groundwater and surface water sources. Tushar has also led strategic planning, visioning, and other organizational development efforts at local, national, and international scales, working with groups ranging from a 300-resident island community whose existence is threatened by sea level rise to a 26-member nation body that manages more than half of the world's tuna catch. Finally, Tushar has facilitated roundtables and other efforts to drive corporate supply chain sustainability, including in the aquaculture, beef, and egg industries. 

Exemplary Projects

  • American Academy of Pediatrics strategic planning
  • Smith Island Visioning Process
  • US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
  • Aquaculture Stewardship Council Feed Dialogue
  • C&O Canal National Historical Park master planning and mediation 


The following is a partial list of clients:

Federal Agencies

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • US Office of Natural Resources Revenue
  • US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

State Agencies

  • State of New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Local Municipalities

  • Montgomery County Green Bank

Nonprofit Organizations and Foundations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Chesapeake Bay Funders Network
  • Oxfam America
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

International Organizations

  • Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
  • Aquaculture Stewardship Council
  • Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
  • International Monetary Fund 

Education and Affiliations

Tushar holds a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. He is a certified mediator and has provided mediation services in Massachusetts District Court and has trained mediators at the Harvard Mediation Program.