Dr. Marty Rozelle

Marty is happiest when: people realize they agree on more than they think they do and when decision makers embrace some uncertainty in the outcome and trust a well-designed process to lead to an answer that will work for most everyone.

Dr. Marty Rozelle
Dr. Marty Rozelle is a recognized leader in public participation, specifically in facilitation and consensus building. She has been a practitioner in the areas of policy development, third-party facilitation, process design, and conflict resolution for more than 30 years, applying these skills to a wide range of projects. Marty has extensive experience in implementing different collaborative, problem-solving techniques, having facilitated a consensus or designed effective communication strategies for more than 400 forums and citizen committees. She designed and implemented more than two dozen Community Relations programs aimed at residents for hazardous waste cleanups under CERCLA and RCRA sites in Arizona, California, Utah, Idaho, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Texas. For a highly controversial and politically sensitive project, she developed a new conflict resolution technique, the Public Values Assessment. This technique addresses the issues on which various stakeholders agree, matches their value judgments with technical judgments, and identifies alternatives that most closely meet the issues considered important by the group.

An international leader in the forefront of the profession, she is a founder and past president of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), and a developer and trainer for the 40-hour IAP2 Certificate Course in Public Participation. Marty served a three year term on the Board for Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, a part of the U.S. National Research Council. She’s currently a member of the National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals managed by the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. She is also a frequent guest lecturer at Arizona State University.

Marty was previously a vice president of the international engineering firm, Dames & Moore, and managed its firm-wide public involvement practice for 20 years. She holds a Ph.D. in community management and education from Arizona State University and an MS degree in public administration from Florida State University.

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