Certificate Team

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The Collaborative Governance Graduate Certificate is offered jointly by PSU’s National Policy Consensus Center, Hatfield School of Government, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, and Center for Public Service. The National Policy Consensus Center has conducted hundreds of collaborative governance projects with local, statewide, and national impact. The center’s programs serve as national models for collaborative conflict resolution, community project implementation, crowdfunding, public engagement, and more. Our collaborative governance certificate team members have conducted extensive research and contributed knowledge to the fields of collaborative governance and public administration. Certificate team members include the following: 


Steve Greenwood, MPA

Director of Training and Academic Services, PSU National Policy Consensus Center
Master of Public Administration, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Steve Greenwood has held various leadership roles at the National Policy Consensus Center since 2003. He 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 internationally. In 1991, Steve received a Fulbright fellowship to assist the government of Portugal with 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.


E-mail: sgreenw@pdx.edu
Phone: (503) 725-9097


Craig Shinn, PhD

Emeritus Professor, Public Administration
Coordinator, Division of Public Administration, Master in Public Administration Specialization in Environmental and Natural Resource Management
PhD, University of Washington
Master of public administration, Lewis & Clark College
Bachelor of science, University of Maine

Craig Shinn'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.


Email: shinnc@pdx.edu
Phone: (503) 725-8220


Laurel Singer, MSW, LPC

Executive Director, National Policy Consensus Center
Masters of social work, counseling psychology, University of Oregon

Laurel Singer has been with PSU's National Policy Consensus Center since 2006 in various leadership roles. As director of the 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 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. Since 1984, Laurel has been providing professional and university training in 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 MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon and is enrolled in the Public Affairs and Policy PhD program at PSU.


Email: laurels@pdx.edu
Phone: (503) 725-8224


Connie Ozawa, PhD

Professor, Urban Studies and Planning, College of Urban and Public Affairs
Director, PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization Program
PhD, Urban Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Master of arts, geography, University of Hawaii
Bachelor of arts, environmental studies, University of California, Berkeley

Connie Ozawa 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 Education and Research and Conflict 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).


Email: ozawac@pdx.edu
Phone: (503) 725-5126


Kristen Wright, MPA

Project Manager, National Policy Consensus Center
Masters in public administration, Portland State University
Bachelor of arts, geography, Portland State University

Kristen conducts assessments and facilitates collaborative processes with multi-sector groups on complex public policy issues. She also participates in research, and teaches collaborative governance to university students and public professionals. As part of her teaching and training work, Kristen acts as a student advisor for the Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Governance and the NPCC internship program.
Prior to her work with the National Policy Consensus Center, Kristen was engaged with forest collaborative research with PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions and contributed to governance research of watershed collaboratives on behalf of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Previously she founded and served as executive director for local nonprofit Betties 360 and served as a facilitator and mediator for various community groups. Kristen holds a master's degree in public administration with a specialization in natural resource policy and governance, and a B.A. in geography.


Email: kjwright@pdx.edu 
Phone: (503) 725-9078


Nujhat Ahmed, MA

Training Associate, National Policy Consensus Center
Masters of government
Masters of social science in international relations

Nujhat is a current Masters of Public Policy student and formerly earned a Masters of Government and a Masters of Social Science in International Relations. She has experience as a teaching and research assistant, and prior to that was a program supervisor for a global exchange program between the UK and Bangladesh.


Email: nujhat@pdx.edu
Phone (503) 725-8116

For program information and student advising

Kristen Wright
(503) 725-9078

For registration and admissions

Public Administration Department, Main Office
T (503) 725-3921
F (503) 725-8250