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Mil Niepold is a Senior Mediator at the Consensus Building Institute. She specializes in convening multi-stakeholder dialogues around complex social issues. As Senior Policy Advisor at Verité for nearly 14 years, Mil led a number of new initiatives including Verité’s work on women in the workplace (with UNIFEM and Calvert Social Investments) and multi-stakeholder initiatives, with a focus on programs to implement the Harkin – Engel Protocol on child labor in cocoa production. Mil has extensive experience working with governments, including those of the United States, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and France, among others.
Prior to joining Verité, as Strategic Advisor to Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Mil developed a conference of female heads-of state on the issues of global security and the role of women’s leadership (partnering with The White House Project and The Council of Women World Leaders).
Previously, her corporate social responsibility work spanned both private sector with Fortune 500 companies such as American Express and the public sector with organizations such as UNICEF, the European Union, the French Trade Office and Social Accountability International. From 1998 – 2004 she served on Amnesty International’s Business and Economic Relations Group (Co-Chairing the group from 1998-2000). She is fluent in English and French.
Areas of Focus
Corporate stakeholder engagement, human rights, vulnerable populations, natural resource and land use management, global voluntary standards development
- Worked with First Lady, Dominique Ouattara to design a first-ever multi-stakeholder oversight committee to address the elimination of child labor in Cote d’Ivoire
- Analyzed corporate stakeholder engagement lessons from the extractives sector and tailored them for use in the agriculture sector
- Mediation Training with OECD National Contact Points
- Gender and Extractives Training with Oxfam America
Mil holds degrees in International Affairs and European Studies from George Washington University and L’Institut des Sciences Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France as well as a Certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University, UK.
Rachel Milner Gillers
Rachel Milner Gillers is a Senior Associate at the Consensus Building Institute, where she is a trainer, mediator and facilitator specializing in multi-stakeholder consensus building processes, conflict management, and negotiation skill building. Rachel has helped diverse clients including NGOs, government agencies, and corporations to identify and overcome individual and organizational barriers to negotiating better agreements.
Prior to joining CBI, Rachel developed a mediation training program with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Cambodia, where she trained mediators and trainers from UNDP and the Ministries of Justice and the Interior. She has facilitated workshops for mediators and negotiators at the Harvard Mediation Program and the Harvard Negotiation Institute and is adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Rachel has lived and worked in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Areas of Focus
International development, commercial negotiation, gender and negotiation, environmental health, internal conflict management and public health.
- United States Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (USEITI): Co-facilitated formation of the U.S. Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) for EITI, a global initiative to improve transparency of extractive revenue. Conducted stakeholder assessment and facilitated public listening sessions nationwide.
- UN Women Political Astuteness and Strategic Thinking: Facilitated a series of leadership training workshops for UN Women leaders worldwide at the United Nations System Staff College in Turin, Italy.
- Oxfam America Gender and Extractive Industries: Facilitated initiative to integrate a gender focus into Oxfam America's Extractive Industries (EI) Program.
- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): In collaboration with UNFPA, delivered integrated workshops on UN Reform at regional offices in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Rachel holds Master’s degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. from Yeshiva University.
Carri is a Senior Associate with CBI, where she works on a diverse set of issues, from water quality to transportation to private sector negotiation training. The bulk of Carri’s recent work has been in climate adaptation, specifically with coastal towns in New England. Carri has a background in mediation, negotiation, and environmental policy and enjoys helping stakeholders find common ground when they are making difficult decisions.
Prior to joining CBI, Carri worked with the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution and The Langdon Group, based in Utah. While in Utah, she worked primarily with stakeholders on large transportation projects with significant environmental and community impacts. She also led a consensus-based stormwater policy project with farmers and representatives from a group of adjacent urbanizing communities. Carri returned to Massachusetts in 2011 to complete a two-year masters program in Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. During that time she was involved in a research project on hydropower development in indigenous communities in Chile and consulted on a project-by-project basis with CBI.
Carri speaks English and Spanish.
AREAS OF FOCUS
Climate change adaptation, NEPA, energy, indigenous peoples, transportation, water resources, negotiation training
- Co-Facilitator on the Cape Cod Regional Wastewater Management plan with the Cape Cod Commission to develop an area-wide water quality management plan for Cape Cod.
- Co-Facilitator of the Greater Boston Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Study with the Barr Foundation to assess the potential for BRT as a means to improve service, sustainability, and transportation equity in greater Boston.
- Researcher and project oversight on the New England Climate Adaptation Project, an effort to help four New England coastal communities determine how they might adapt to climate change, using tailored role play simulations.
- Co-manager of the public process on the West Davis Corridor Environmental Impact Statement, a multi-year $8M National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) project with significant wetlands and other environmental and social impacts.
Carri holds a Bachelor's in Political Science from Tufts University and a Master's in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT.
- The Practice of Public Dispute Resolution, Measuring the Dollar Value of the Field with Lawrence Susskind. Negotiation Journal Volume 23, Issue 3, pages 355-364, July 2007
- A Glossary of Deliberative Terms Dispute Resolution Magazine, Volume 12, No. 2, p. 27, 2006
- Deliberative Democracy Meets Dispute Resolution, Reflections and Insights (teaching video), PON Clearinghouse, Cambridge, MA 2006
Catherine brings over 30 years of experience in energy and environmental policy, regulation and stakeholder engagement to her role of Senior Mediator at CBI. Catherine has designed, convened, and mediated/facilitated stakeholder forums and negotiations on a broad range of energy and environmental topics. She recently designed and led the stakeholder process for a 3-year, first-of-its kind electricity transmission planning effort for the Eastern U.S. She also designed and facilitated a joint fact-finding on the role of nuclear power in the U.S., which has been used in university curriculums and cited by the media to define the intersection of industry, consumer advocates, regulators and environmental groups on the safety, waste management and economics of nuclear power. Catherine helps stakeholders across diverse organizations and sectors to develop and implement more effective agreements by relying on credible experts and analysis to support their joint learning and negotiations.
Catherine joins CBI after working for 10 years with The Keystone Center, and before that as a state utility regulator, a writer for The Electricity Journal, and a policy analyst with a number of energy and environmental organizations including the U.S. EPA, the Center for Clean Air Policy, Environmental Law Institute and IES, an energy engineering firm.
Catherine is listed on the roster of conflict resolution professionals of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. She works out of CBI's Washington, D.C. office.
Areas of Focus
Climate change and air quality, energy production and markets, energy infrastructure planning and development, renewable energy and energy efficiency, nuclear power and nuclear waste management, state energy and climate planning, federal clean air and clean energy policy, transportation fuels and technology
- Lead Facilitator & Project Manager, Eastern Interconnection Transmission Planning Collaborative
- Lead Facilitator & Project Manager, Nuclear Power Joint Fact Finding
- Mediator, Washington County, PA Transmission Reliability Agreement
- Facilitator, Climate Technology Innovation Workshops
Catherine holds an M.RP. in Environmental Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary. She completed her negotiation and mediation training at the Northern Virginia Mediation Center at George Mason University.