Ambridge Event Center - Portland, OR
OMA is proud to welcome its
2011 Conference Keynote Speaker:
Raymond Schonholtz, J.D.
As a mediator, lawyer and educator, Raymond Shonholtz has a lifetime of experience addressing global issues through local action and creating courageous conversations.
Raymond Shonholtz will present the Conference keynote address, host a networking table at the Friday luncheon, and serve as a workshop panelist on Saturday. He will also be available to meet individually with some participants during the Conference.
In 1976, Mr. Shonholtz established and served for ten years as President of the Community Boards Program (CBP) in San Francisco. CBP was one of the first community and school mediation initiatives that brought conflict resolution skills and processes into neighborhoods and schools throughout the U.S. and internationally. Community Boards is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2011.
Utilizing the knowledge and skills garnered from this groundbreaking program and after a year working as a Ford Foundation Fellow, in 1989 Mr. Shonholtz founded Partners for Democratic Change. Partners is an international organization dedicated to building civil society and promoting national centers on change and conflict management in developing democracies.
Partners got its start in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall when the emerging democracies of Central and Eastern Europe needed to transition from opposition movements to functional civil societies capable of working with governments to solve social and economic problems. The techniques learned from those experiences have in turn been shared with leaders in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. These skills are now used to resolve a broad range of issues including environmental conflicts in Mexico, corruption in local governments in Eastern Europe, and tribal conflicts in Yemen.
Mr. Shonholtz has extensive experience in legal practice, education, and policy. In 2009, he served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. In that capacity, he developed the concept of “impact investing for sustainable development” as a model for the Obama administration’s development assistance programs. Mr. Shonholtz serves on several editorial boards and has written and lectured extensively on mediating systems, conflict resolution models, and the positive function of conflict in democratic society.
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