Mallorie Bruns, Mediator and Program Manager

Mallorie Bruns is a Mediator and Program Manager and started at Meridian Institute in September 2010. Ms. Bruns has been a member of the Meridian team working on a suite of projects for the Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). Contract activities for this project focus on providing strategic advice and support to NICFI; facilitating dialogues and partnerships with other governments and stakeholders; and conducting technical and policy analyses. To fulfill the needs of this contract, Meridian assembled a team of high-caliber organizations and experts to conduct groundbreaking economic, scientific, and policy-related analytical work and actively practice problem-solving approaches on a broad range of issues related to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). These issues include the conservation and sustainable management of forests and the enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+), green growth/development, “climate smart” landscapes, and sustainable land use. Many of these projects are connected to the international-level negotiations occurring under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
 
In addition to her work on forestry and land-use topics, Ms. Bruns has worked on projects relating to ocean, coastal, wetlands, and marine issues, including the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI), the National Ocean Policy Implementation Initiative, Cooperation Across the Atlantic for Marine Governance Integration (CALAMAR), and the Everglades Independent Scientific Review. 
 
Ms. Bruns earned a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University (CSU), graduating with Distinction in Speech Communication, magna cum laude, in May 2008. While earning her Master of Arts in Communication Studies (also at CSU), she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, instructing and assisting with courses including Public Speaking, 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.