Mallorie Bruns, Senior Mediator and Program Manager

Mallorie Bruns is a Senior Mediator and Program Manager with 15 years of facilitation experience. Ms. Bruns has been integral to Meridian’s work on climate change and environmental issues and in developing and implementing new institutions and alliances that bridge boundaries between the public, private, and civil society sectors. Ms. Bruns has also worked extensively with the funding community to develop, refine, and implement their organizational and collaborative strategies. Ms. Bruns has experience working in the areas of sustainable forest policy and management, deforestation-free agricultural commodity supply chains, sustainable land use, sustainable fisheries management, green growth and sustainable development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, independent reviews and evaluations, agriculture and food security, internet governance, and ocean and coastal planning.

Ms. Bruns provides facilitation services to partners such as the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, World Cocoa Foundation, and World Bank Group, with a focus on regional activities in West and Central Africa and Southeast Asia. These activities are devoted to reducing tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, paper and pulp, and cocoa. She has worked on a suite of projects for the Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative, including facilitating dialogues and partnerships with other governments and stakeholders and convening high-caliber organizations and experts to conduct technical and policy analyses to inform decision-makers. Many of these efforts are connected to the international-level negotiations occurring under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Ms. Bruns also coordinates and facilitates an informal group of a dozen private philanthropic organizations and government funding agencies whose vision is to restore and protect Indonesia’s marine and coastal resources.
Ms. Bruns holds a Masters and a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies, graduating with distinction, from Colorado State University (CSU). While earning her Masters, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, instructing and assisting with courses on Intercultural Communication, Political Communication, and Applied Deliberative Techniques. Upon graduation in August 2010, Ms. Bruns received certification through the CSU Office of International Program’s Peace and Reconciliation Studies Interdisciplinary Program.