Sarah Walen, Senior Mediator and Program Manager

Sarah Walen is a Senior Mediator and Program Manager at Meridian Institute who joined Meridian in 1999. She has 24 years of experience serving as a convenor, facilitator, and mediator of policy dialogues, negotiations, and strategy development processes. The scale of her work has ranged from local to international and has addressed environmental and sustainable development issues relating to food and agriculture, forests and tropical forests, climate change, hazardous and nuclear waste management and cleanup, energy, air-quality management and regulation, watershed management, other natural resources, and ecosystem management. Participants in these efforts have included public citizens as well as representatives from the private sector and local, regional, and national governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Ms. Walen is currently focused on issues related to the impact of tropical deforestation, through grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Environmental Conservation Program on their Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture, and from the World Economic Forum in support of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020. Ms. Walen is also engaged with organizational strategic planning for the Center for Responsible Shale Development and the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.

Before becoming a facilitator/mediator, Ms. Walen practiced for 11 years as a professional geologist and an environmental consultant. She served as the Technical Director of an environmental consulting firm and supervised environmental site investigations and contaminated site cleanups. Ms. Walen holds a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Massachusetts.