Faculty and Staff

Steve Greenwood, Director of Oregon Solutions in the National Policy Consensus Center has held various leadership roles at NPCC since 2003. Steve  has more than 35 years of experience in public service at the federal, state and local levels, and has led numerous collaborative processes on issues such as Oregon's urban-rural divide, water allocations in eastern Oregon and Columbia River sediment management. Steve has been a frequent speaker on collaborative governance at conferences and seminars around the country, and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1991, Steve received a Fullbright fellowship to assist the government of Portugal on solid waste policy. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Oregon's Planning, Public Policy and Management Program.

Dr. Douglas (Doug) Morgan is Professor Emeritus and Chair of the Division of Public Administration in the Hatfield School of Government. Dr. Morgan's scholarly work includes more than two dozen articles and book chapters on ethics, administrative discretion, civic engagement and public service. His article on "The Limits of Reinventing Government: What Middle Managers do in Local Government" received the Brownlow Award in 1994 for the best practitioner-focused article in The Public Administration Review . Most recently, Morgan completed a Handbook on Public Budgeting and co-authored a major text under contract with M.E. Sharpe on The Foundations of American Public Service. His areas of teaching specialization and training include public sector leadership, ethics, budgeting, and law. Dr. Morgan has a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago in Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science from Claremont McKenna. He spent one year at the London School of Economics and Political science and has participated in three post-doctoral fellowship programs.

Craig Shinn is Professor of Public Administration, and coordinates the MPA specialization in environmental and natural resource management for the Division of Public Administration. Craig is also the Associate Director of PSU's Executive Leadership Institute and Program Director for the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program. He earned a B.S. from University of Maine; an M.P.A at Lewis & Clarke College; and a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. Craig's research interests center on questions of environmental governance, collaboration, civic capacity, organization and institutions, social aspects of sustainability and inter-jurisdictional administration of natural resources.

Laurel Singer, Director of the National Policy Consensus Center, has been with NPCC since 2006 in various leadership roles. As director of Oregon Consensus and Oregon Solutions programs, she led a team of project managers who provide a range of services for collaborative problem solving and dispute resolution of public issues. Prior to that, Laurel served as the Oregon Consensus Human Services Program Manager and Director of NPCC's Training Program, where she developed and delivered in-depth training in the practices of collaborative governance both regionally and nationally. In addition, Laurel draws on nearly 16 years of experience as a facilitator and mediator assisting multiple parties and stakeholder groups to effectively work together to resolve complex issues and conflicts. Laurel has been providing skill-based training in professional and university settings since 1984 focused on conflict resolution, communication, mediation, and collaborative problem solving. In 2011, Laurel received the Oregon Mediation Association's Bryan Johnston Award in recognition of outstanding service in the public policy mediation field. Laurel holds an M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon and is enrolled in the Public Affairs and Policy Ph.D. program at PSU.


Connie Ozawa, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, researches and teaches about the ways in which information is integrated into public decision making in the areas of environmental policy and resource management. Connie has published articles on mediated negotiations in the Journal of Planning and Education and Research andConflict Resolution Quarterly, several book chapters on collaborative processes, and a book, Recasting Science: Consensual Procedures in Science-Intensive Public Policy Making. Connie served as director of the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning (2009-2015) and directs the PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization Program. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.A. in Geography from the University of Hawaii; and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Rick Mogren's academic interest focuses on inter-jurisdictional governance in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in the way institutional culture and identity combine with personal values to shape the structure, processes and products of regional governance networks. In November 2003, Rick began consulting on Columbia Basin issues and formally established his own consulting practice the following year. He offers process management and facilitative leadership to multi-jurisdictional networks engaged in natural resource related issues. Rick holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs and Policy from Portland State University; a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin; a Master of Military Arts and Science from the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York; and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Syracuse University.

Kristen Wright serves as the teaching assistant for the certificate program. Her interests include social-ecological systems, community engagement, and collaborative governance. Kristen has researched stakeholder engagement in forest collaboratives, and contributed to governance research of watershed collaboratives. She currently serves as a facilitator and mediator for various community groups. Kristen holds a Masters in Public Administration from Portland State University with a specialization in natural resource policy and governance, and a B.A. in Geography from Portland State University. 


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