Bob Barrett is a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and consultant with more than seventeen years experience in the dispute resolution field. His practice focuses particularly on environmental and public disputes and assisting public agencies to design and evaluate collaborative problem-solving programs.
Bob Barrett was the founding president of the California Dispute Resolution Council in 1994 and served on its board until 1999. In 1997 he was asked to assume the presidency of CDRI, helping to develop its agenda of program and research activities and to attract grant and other funding; he became its part-time executive director on March 1, 2000.
From 1992 until 2000, Bob was a member of the Board of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR); he received its Distinguished Service award in 1995. He has written many articles about dispute resolution and has been an adjunct professor at Stanford University, the University of California at Santa Cruz Extension, and Pepperdine University. Bob was an elected trustee of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District from 1988 until 1996.
Educated at Stanford University and the law school of the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Bob Barrett began his career as a law clerk for a federal judge in New York City and also practiced environmental law in New York and San Francisco.