Chris Straw is currently a Project Manager at the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at the Earth Institute, Columbia University where she supports applications projects and other initiatives related to the Dynamical Systems Theory. Her interests lie in considering conflict, cooperation and collaboration through a systems lens, recognizing that history, relationships and dynamics matter. She holds an MS from Columbia University’s program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and an MBA from Temple University. She also holds a Certificate in Conflict Resolution Studies from the ICCCR at Teachers College. Chris is an experienced manager, having worked in a variety of positions in the governmental, for-profit and educational sectors. She is also a certified community mediator, mediating community disputes at Community Mediation Services in Queens, NY.