Michael Lesnick, Senior Partner

Michael Lesnick is a founder and Senior Partner of Meridian Institute. He has more than 25 years of experience designing and facilitating collaborative processes and strategy assessment and planning activities.

Dr. Lesnick has worked domestically and internationally across a range of issues, including: environmental quality, national and homeland security, international development, science and technology policy, agriculture, disaster resilience, natural resource management, energy, and climate change. His work with decision makers and stakeholders from government, corporations, civil society, international organizations, and scientific bodies has focused on bringing practical solutions to some of society’s most controversial and complex problems at the site-specific, national policy, and international policy levels, typically involving negotiations, dialogues, advisory committees, or problem-solving processes.

Dr. Lesnick also has extensive experience working with senior executives from the public and private sectors to develop strategic planning processes that anticipate emerging external issues and dynamics critical to the future success of an organization and to productively engage internal and external stakeholders in the strategic planning process.

Dr. Lesnick has authored a variety of publications on conflict management and collaborative problem solving. He has been a visiting Senior Fellow at the Vanderbilt University Institute for Public Policy Studies and a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is currently serving on a National Academy of Science National Research Council committee on Private Public Collaboration to Enhance Community Disaster Resilience. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy and Management and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Dispute Resolution at the University of  Michigan School of Natural Resources.