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Eric C. Poncelet

Eric C. Poncelet

Eric Poncelet has 15 years’ experience mediating and analyzing collaborative processes. He has led or co-facilitated more than 30 projects involving strategic planning, policy analysis, situation assessments, and convening, facilitating, and mediating multi-party agreement-building processes.
As a Director and Senior Mediator with Kearns & West, Eric has continued his work with the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative to facilitate Regional Stakeholder Group efforts to design a network of marine protected areas along the California coast. In other projects, he has designed and facilitated public workshops sponsored by the California Ocean Protection Council to inform the development of salmon protection policy in California, and has worked with the California Marine Protected Area Monitoring Enterprise to facilitate input by stakeholders, scientists, and resource agencies to the development of a marine protected areas monitoring plan for California’s north central coast. Additionally, he has facilitated a U.S. Forest Service public participation effort to inform the revision of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Plan.
Prior to joining Kearns & West in May 2008, much of Eric’s work focused on a wide variety of natural resource management issues. In the marine resource realm, he worked with NOAA Fisheries to facilitate the Atlantic Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Team’s effort to reduce the incidental bycatch of pilot whales and Risso’s dolphins off the Atlantic Coast. He facilitated a California Resources Agency-sponsored stakeholder involvement project to identify options for decommissioning California’s off-shore oil and gas platforms. He facilitated the development of a strategic plan for NOAA’s Pacific Islands Region. He has also facilitated more than half a dozen technical workshops for NOAA Fisheries and other clients on a range of marine resource management issues, including pelagic fisheries research prioritization, U.S. longline bycatch reduction assessment and planning, marine mammal serious injury determination, international marine turtle and sea bird conservation, and evaluation of jeopardy assessment under the Endangered Species Act.
Eric has also facilitated a wide variety of stakeholder collaborative efforts to develop natural resource management plans and strategies for water and land-based resources. For the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, he facilitated a one-year effort to define a strategy for certifying urban water conservation best management practices, and a two-year stakeholder negotiation to establish a policy recommendation for measuring urban water use. He also facilitated a complex planning effort involving multiple local agencies and interests groups to manage stream resources around the southern end of San Francisco Bay.
Eric is based in Kearns & West’s San Francisco office. He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a concentration in multi-stakeholder environmental partnerships in the United States and Europe. He holds a Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. He has published widely on the topic of environmental collaboration and dispute resolution, including the book Partnering for the Environment: Multistakeholder Collaboration in a Changing World (2004). He is a roster member of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.