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Dave Ceppos, Associate Director

Dave Ceppos, Associate Director

Dave Ceppos is Associate Director and Managing Senior Mediator with the Center for Collaborative Policy (CCP), a program of California State University Sacramento. Dave has a comprehensive background developing and mediating consensus based, stakeholder-driven, resource management processes. He has considerable management and field experience in hazardous waste management, water quality, environmental compliance, watershed planning, ecological assessment, hydrology, habitat restoration, and landscape architecture and design.

Dave is the managing mediator and process designer of the Department of Water Resources Water Use Efficiency Program, overseeing comprehensive Urban and Agricultural Stakeholder Committees and Subcommittees implementing the SBX7-7 Water Conservation Act, as well as the legislatively mandated Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional Task Force, and the Demand Management Measures – Independent Technical Panel. He is the program manager and facilitator for stakeholder and mediation efforts on numerous water quality efforts including several Total Maximum Daily Load cases, Numeric Nutrient Endpoint projects, and Irrigated Lands Regulatory Programs for the Central Valley, San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, North Coast, and San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Boards.

He was the senior strategic advisor to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (formerly Department of Fish and Game), and the U.S. Forest Service on the Lake Davis Northern Pike Eradication Project in Portola, CA. Dave was likewise the senior advisor for the Resources Agency – California Fish and Wildlife Strategic Vision, facilitating and leading negotiations by the Stakeholder Advisory Group and between that group and the Blue Ribbon Citizens Commission. He has been the program manager for governance, strategic planning and public process for the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Historically, his work includes being the project manager, and senior mediator, for the Upper Klamath Basin Working Group Restoration Planning Project, during the Klamath Basin water use crisis in 2001 - 2003. He has similarly been the senior facilitator / mediator and process designer for the Headwaters Forest Reserve Management Plan for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and California Department of Fish and Game. Earlier is his career, Dave worked with the US EPA as a State Section Leader in the Superfund Division. Following his work with US EPA, Dave worked in the private sector on several environmental management initiatives and statutes such as RCRA, numerous Department of Defense (DoD) base closures and cleanup programs, and national efforts such as the US/Mexico Border XXI program and DoD Legacy program.

Dave received a B.LA. in landscape architecture from the University of Florida (UF) in 1985. He conducted post-graduate studies at the UF Department of Sociology in environmentally related behavior. He has completed additional graduate level studies in mediation, facilitation, and risk communication through Emory University; Columbia University; and Pepperdine University. He is a member of the International Association of Public Participation, the Society of Ecological Restoration, and the Association for Conflict Resolution. He is recognized by the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (USIECR) as an Approved Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professional on their national practitioner roster. He has been published numerous times and is a regular speaker at professional conferences and universities.