“Public participation projects often affect large communities, like cities or regions, but what happens when a federal agency has to work with stakeholders across the country? Join two federal government veterans to discuss the challenges and opportunities around working on public participation projects for federal agencies.”
Leanne Nurse is a program analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she's served since 1989. She is an advisor to EPA's climate change adaptation team and previously led EPA efforts to green the workforce and enhance community-based environmental projects. Leanne supports the agency's open government plan, public involvement policy and collaborative decision-making training. She has also served as a community involvement coordinator, a public affairs specialist for water, health and environmental justice programs, and as liaison to the US Green Group. Leanne is an MA candidate at Antioch University Midwest studying Civic Development and Systemic Transformation. An inaugural fellow of the University of Virginia's Natural Resources Leadership Institute, she is also a long-time IAP2 member. Prior to government, Leanne worked as a public and commercial television producer, editor and reporter. She describes herself as a "peace-making Buddhist grandmother."
Stephen Buckley is a self-described "Collaboration Engineer", based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he returned after spending 25 yrs. in Washington, D.C. While in D.C., he was as an Environmental Engineer at five federal agencies where he worked in Program Evaluation, especially on compliance with the legal requirements for involving the public in agency decision-making. You can follow him on Twitter at @transpartisan and @opengovmetrics.
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