Caelan McGee is a Senior Mediator and Facilitator with over a decade of experience helping stakeholders develop more effective policy for land use, environmental, public health and security questions. Mr. McGee has extensive experience working on high conflict and technically complex projects in transportation and forest planning. He has worked nationally and internationally on public policy issues regarding mining, fisheries management, air quality, and environmental justice.
Caelan also has experience working in developing countries and conflict zones. He spent three years in Iraq, working for the U.S. Institute of Peace to coordinate reconstruction projects and build capacity of civil society there. Caelan also spent 2 years working in some of the most remote regions of Papua New Guinea as a part of a team of mediators for a massive community engagement effort and multi-party negotiation. This effort addressed severe environmental disturbance from mine waste to the Ok Tedi and Fly River systems, and the associated disruption to food security for downstream communities.
Caelan is also an effective and engaging trainer in interest based negotiation, public involvement and communication skills. He served as a lead trainer for the National Highway Institute, coaching state departments of transportation staff nationwide for more effective public involvement within the framework of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Caelan is a skilled practitioner for interpersonal and intraorganizational dispute resolution and strategic planning.
Caelan began his mediation career working on community disputes such as neighbor-to-neighbor conflicts and landlord-tenant disputes, and continues to develop these skills through pro bono service.
Caelan has a B.A. in Biology from The Colorado College and an M.A. in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University. He is a native of Northern Nevada and Northern California.