experience

Dumas & Associates, Inc.’s key personnel and associates are seasoned professionals and life-long learners. We hail from a wide range of disciplines and develop project teams to meet client’s dispute resolution, technical information, and public communications needs. Short profiles are provided below. Resumes available upon request.

Mary Dumas—President, is an independent dispute resolution professional and has served urban and rural communities in the United States and Canada for 2 decades. She is a certified mediator and trainer with Washington State dispute resolution center and court programs in Whatcom and Skagit Counties and guest lecturer for the University of Washington’s Program on the Environment, Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment and Leadership Advantage Program. She maintains membership in the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), Environment & Public Policy Section and adheres to the ACR model standards of conduct for mediators and ethical guidance for EPP members.  See presentations for areas of current study and practice. Visit the Association for Conflict Resolution and Environment & Public Policy Section websites for more information on the ethics, standards and practices.

Mary moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1979. She and her husband have been living on the same rural acreage where they raised two children, now young adults. She enjoys all things outdoors, all 4 seasons equally, and is deeply committed to activating citizen participation in local, state, and federal governance. She currently serves on the Bellingham-Whatcom Domestic Violence Commission. Mary pursues and contributes to continuing education in the fields of interest-based negotiation, citizen engagement, and collaborative approaches to leadership and governance; areas of study include:

2011—World Water Diplomacy Workshop
Fletcher School of Law, Tufts University, Harvard Project on Negotiation
2011—Planning for Meaningful Evaluation
NOAA Coastal Services Center
2010—Project Design and Evaluation Workshop
NOAA Coastal Services Center
2009—Resolving Land Use Disputes
Consensus Building Institute and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
2005—Handling Complex Public Disputes
Institute for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Humboldt State University
2004—Public Dialogue on Divisive Issues
Public Conversations Project
1995—Advanced Commercial Mediation Training
Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia
1994—Mediator Certification
Washington State Dispute Resolution Center
1994—Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Human Development, Union Institute

Dumas & Associates, Inc. benefits from a talented team of professional associates who help us meet client’s technical information needs and implement large-scale engagement in regional and statewide initiatives. Past associates include Alexandrea Consults, Susan Carpenter, Diane Altman Dautoff Consulting, EdD, Carl Okerman, Roger Ridgeway, and Silver Tip Solutions. Current project associates: FHB Consulting, National Dialogue Network, and Susan Mancuso, EdD.