Connie Lewis, Senior Fellow

Connie Lewis is a founder and Senior Partner of Meridian Institute. Ms. Lewis is very highly regarded across the country as a mediator, facilitator, and consultant. She has focused her work at Meridian on a wide variety of issues, including wildlife and fisheries management, ecosystem management, forestry, air and water quality, agriculture policy, protected area management, community-based decision making, health, energy policy, and facility siting.

Ms. Lewis has expertise and extensive experience conducting conflict assessments; designing, convening, and facilitating stakeholder engagement and policy dialogues at the local, regional, national, and international levels; and providing strategic advice about collaborative processes. She has convened and facilitated numerous large, multi-year national dialogues resulting in recommendations that have been widely implemented. In addition, her mediation practice has produced agreements on numerous highly contentious issues. Ms. Lewis has also designed and led training sessions for agencies, corporations, and NGOs.

Prior to working at Meridian, Ms. Lewis served as the Associate Director of the Science and Public Policy Program at The Keystone Center. Ms. Lewis received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southern Oregon College and a Master of Wildland Resource Science with a policy emphasis from the University of California at Berkeley.