Suzanne Orenstein

Suzanne Orenstein, a well known environmental conflict resolution practitioner and manager, heads the Washington, D.C., office of the Udall Foundation and the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. Orenstein comes to the position after 23 years working as a neutral facilitator and mediator of multi-party public policy negotiations, strategic collaborations, and other consensus-building efforts. She has facilitated and mediated collaboration and consensus building processes addressing the full range of environmental and public policy issues, working at the national, state, regional and local levels. She has facilitated several Federal Advisory Groups and negotiated rulemaking processes, and has conducted conflict assessments on a full range of controversial topics.

Orenstein’s responsibilities as Director of the D.C. Office include representing the Foundation and the Institute in their many interactions with federal agencies based in D.C.  She is responsible for maintaining relationships with the Institute’s agency-partners in environmental collaboration work, and for supporting Tucson-based staff in their work with federal partners. She provides consultation on potential ECR processes and provides an expeditious link to the IECR staff and its roster of ECR professionals. She is also responsible for helping partner agencies develop and implement programs for managing environmental conflicts that require independent neutral assistance.

Orenstein is the former Vice President of RESOLVE, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., which focuses on conflict resolution for public policy issues. She is also the former Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the Department of the Attorney General in Massachusetts. More recently, she was a senior consultant to the Consensus Building Institute, and a private ECR practitioner based in Massachusetts.


  • Director, Washington D.C. Office, Udall Foundation, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution