Caelan McGee is a Senior Mediator and Facilitator with fifteen years of experience helping stakeholders develop more effective policy for land use, environmental, public health and security issues. Mr. McGee has extensive practice 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. He also has extensive experience in strategic planning and interagency coordination.
Having spent three years in Iraq working for the U.S. Institute of Peace to coordinate reconstruction projects and build capacity of civil society there, Mr. McGee is highly capable of supporting efforts in developing countries and conflict zones. He also spent two 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 an effective and engaging trainer in interest-based negotiation, public involvement and communication skills. He is a trainer for the California State Water Resource Control Board’s Office of Public Participation, training introductory, intermediate and advanced facilitation. He also designed and delivered a curriculum on meeting management, facilitation and process design for a cadre of Iraqi facilitators during his time working in that county. 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 intra-organizational dispute resolution and strategic planning.
Mr. McGee 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. He 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.