Stacie Nicole Smith has been promoted to Managing Director, joining David Fairman and Patrick Field in leading the organization. Stacie has been a member of the CBI team for more than 20 years, serving as a mediator, facilitator, coach, trainer, and researcher on a range of public issues in the U.S. and internationally. We are thrilled to formally welcome her to the CBI leadership team. See the next issue of CBI Reports for an article on Stacie’s reflections on her role and responsibilities as CBI’s first female Managing Director. Congratulations, Stacie!

CBI New Faces

CBI is happy to welcome two new staff members to our Cambridge office and a new member of our Board. 

Kay Kowalczyk joins CBI as Senior Accounting Manager based in the Cambridge office. She is responsible for overseeing CBI's general accounting practices and activities. With the Director of Contracts & Project Finance, Kay provides project management support and ensures a quality accounting operation for CBI. Prior to joining CBI, she worked at Friedman, Hurwitz, and Aliber as an accounting consultant. Kay holds a BS from Boston College, with a major in accounting and minor in marketing, as well as a MBA from Babson College.


Angel Suero joins CBI as a Junior Associate based in the Cambridge office. She supports CBI's work across a range of areas of expertise by conducting research, providing logistical support, and assisting in the design of facilitation processes. Prior to joining CBI, Angel was a trainer at the Posse Foundation, where she helped support more than 150 scholars in their college journey. Angel has also worked as a Regional Recruitment Lead for AI4ALL , where she promoted artificial intelligence-focused summer programs to high school youth in the greater Boston area and Washington, D.C. metro area. She started her career at Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR), coordinating logistics for various research projects, and liaising between school districts and Harvard on research opportunities. Angel graduated in 2016 from Bryn Mawr College, where she was a Posse Scholar. 


Janet Martinez joined the CBI Board in November 2019. She serves as the Faculty Director for the Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program at the Stanford Law School as well as the Co-Director of the Gould Alternative Dispute Resolution Research Initiative. She focuses her research and consulting on the lawyer’s role in negotiation, domestically and internationally; conflict resolution system design; facilitation of public disputes, particularly in the fields of international trade and the environment; negotiation and consensus-building training; and negotiation curriculum development for clients in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Professor Martinez previously served as a senior consultant to the Consensus Building Institute and a consultant at Lax Sebenius, a negotiation consulting firm in Concord, MA. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 2002, she did research, writing, and teaching in various aspects of negotiation at Harvard University’s graduate schools of business, law, and government and was senior counsel for the McKesson Corporation.