John Ehrmann, Senior and Managing Partner

John Ehrmann is a founder and Senior and Managing Partner of Meridian Institute. Dr. Ehrmann has pioneered the use of collaborative decision-making processes for 30 years at the local, national, and international levels. He has designed and implemented projects in wide range of public policy arenas involving legislation, regulatory development, and Federal Advisory Committees and international agreements. He also regularly works in organizational management and strategic planning settings; in communities and on site-specific disputes; and with stakeholder groups advising NGOs and companies. He is frequently asked to advise organizations regarding the design and use of collaborative approaches to address challenging issues. Dr. Ehrmann’s work has focused on environmental and natural resources issues, energy and climate change, public health, science and technology, and the economic and social challenges associated with developing sustainable practices for communities and industries.

In addition to his extensive involvement in designing, convening, and facilitating collaborative processes, Dr. Ehrmann has promoted the use of collaborative decision making through lectures and the publication of numerous articles on consensus-based decision making in the public policy field. He has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Wyoming and is a member of the External Advisory Board to the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan, a joint program between the Ross School of Business and the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Dr. Ehrmann received his undergraduate degree from Macalester College and his Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy and Environmental Dispute Resolution from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. His doctoral dissertation involved developing a practice-based model of the policy dialogue that can be applied to both practice and research. Between 1983 and 1997, Dr. Ehrmann was executive vice president at The Keystone Center. In September 1997, he became one of the founders of Meridian Institute.