E. Birkhoff is an experienced mediator, facilitator, dispute resolution
trainer, and scholar. In her 25 years of experience as a mediator and
facilitator, she has worked with federal, state, and local level government as
well as consumer, community, grassroots, and public interest groups. She has
designed and conducted a variety of collaborative and consensus-based
multi-stakeholder dialogues, workshops, and scientific review processes
designed to improve communications, develop group learning, integrate complex
information and provide input into state or federal plans or policies, develop
recommendations, or create agreement on plans and policies. She has particular
experience in facilitating and mediating complex scientific and technical
issues in politically charged contexts.
U.S. Air Force Community Partnerships,
Florida and Georgia, 2013-current. Design
and facilitate collaborative processes between three municipalities and air
force bases to develop partnerships to identify assets and needs, share
services, develop efficiencies, and reduce costs for air force and
Meeting Community Health Needs through Environmental
Public Health Laboratories, Silver Spring, MD, 2013-current. Designing
collaborative process and convening two state collaborations to improve
environmental health systems in states, focused on the role of public health labs in meeting community needs.
Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, 2012-current. Executive Management Council;
facilitate quarterly meetings of senior
career managers from all national program and regional offices.
The Forest Collaborative, New Brunswick, CA,
2008-current. Convene and facilitate
a collaborative project between a forestry company and provincial environmental
NGO’s to develop consensus recommendations and projects to improve forest
economic, community, and environmental sustainability. Develop comprehensive
capacity building programs and assess provincial policies for collaborative
opportunities. Funded by The Canadian Government Social and Humanities Research
Committee, Community University Research Alliance.
Healthy Schools Network, Albany, NY,
2011-current. Facilitate a collaborative project for the Network and the
Coalition for Healthier Schools to develop consensus on research needs, goals,
and metrics to assess and improve children’s environmental health in schools.
Funded by the Kellogg Foundation.