Environmental Dispute Resolution Program
Faculty and Staff
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Danya Rumore, Ph.D., specializes in helping stakeholders and communities collaboratively address their environmental and public policy issues through education and engagement, capacity building, and process design. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Geography from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Economics from Oregon State University. Prior to joining the EDR Program in July 2015, Danya was the Assistant Director for the MIT Science Impact Collaborative and an Associate for the Consensus Building Institute. She is a Research Assistant Professor in the S.J. Quinney College of Law and in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning. She teaches negotiation and dispute resolution and is a research affiliate of the Center for Ecological Planning and Design and the Global Change and Sustainability Center.
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Katherine Daly strives to empower individuals and communities to work together using effective, creative communication. She earned a master’s degree in City and Metropolitan Planning from the University of Utah and a bachelor’s in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining the EDR Program in January 2018, Katherine was a Graduate Fellow with the EDR Program and the Metropolitan Research Center and the Program Coordinator for the Lake Fork Valley Conservancy.
EDR Program Founding Director (February 2012 – July 2017)
Michele Straube is an attorney with more than 35 years’ experience in environmental law. As a practicing attorney she represented private and public sector clients, gaining extensive experience with administrative agencies in their regulatory and enforcement functions. For 15 years, Michele maintained an environmental mediation practice in which she designed and facilitated consensus-building processes for a wide variety of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients. She also directed Salt Lake Solutions, Salt Lake City Former Mayor Becker’s collaborative government initiative. Michele designed and taught conflict management courses as an adjunct and lecturer professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and Masters of Public Administration program. Ms. Straube joined the Stegner Center as Director of the EDR Program in February 2012, and retired in August 2017.
EDR Program Assistant and EDR Blog Coordinator
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Angela Turnbow originally began at the College of Law in 2008, but then she took a hiatus in 2012 for graduate school and has recently returned to work as an Academic Coordinator. She supports the EDR Program, Utah Law Review, and the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences.
Student Fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year
Leanne Bernstein (Master of City and Metropolitan Planning, 2019) has research interests in sustainability and using policy and development as mechanisms for creating resilient cities. She is supporting a variety of EDR Program activities and is excited to explore how collaboration and planning can promote smart and just growth.
Mikala Jordan (Master of City and Metropolitan Planning, 2020) has research and career interests in the use of collaborative planning to shape more resilient, livable, and sustainable communities. She is especially intrigued by planning processes in gateway and natural amenity communities; therefore, she is very excited to learn from and support the EDR program.