Franklin Dukes, Ph.D., Director

I have been privileged to work for the Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN) since 1990, and have been its Director since 2000. As a mediator and facilitator, I seek to help individuals and groups address complex public problems and conflicts in ways that strengthen communities rather than tear them apart. Each year I work on average on a dozen or so projects involving environment and land use, contaminated sites, community development, education, and health. I have also facilitated many difficult community conversations on topics ranging from faith and homosexuality, to education, to reparations for slavery. Learn more about my backstory here. You can find my resume hereEmail Frank.

Tanya Denckla Cobb, Associate Director

Tanya_WebPhoto07My work as a mediator, writer and teacher are expressions of my core passion for building understanding and helping people find ways to work together. Since joining IEN in 1997, my work has covered a wide range of issues, from forest planning to sea level rise. One of my specialties is to help design large stakeholder engagement summits, such as the Virginia Food Security Summits, two Governor’s Summits, even an Interfaith Summit. I’ve facilitated the development of watershed plans, community visions, and organizational strategic plans. In recent years, my work has focused on issues of stormwater management, onsite septic systems, food and agriculture, tobacco harm reduction and health. Learn more about my backstory here.  You can find my resume here



Ellen Martin, Supervisory Grants and Office Manager

Martin 0810 004 CROP2As the Supervisory Grants and Office Manager for IEN, I oversee the financial accounting and accountability for the office, manage most aspects of our grants and contracts, supervise our student interns, and coordinate various other business and administrative operations of the office. My background is in customer service, marketing, voluntarism, and as an entrepreneur. My education includes a BS in business management and an MS in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy. Prior to IEN, I worked at UVa’s Office of Engagement for six years.  I enjoy traveling, quilting, cycling, and reading.   You can find my resume hereEmail Ellen.

Tammy Switzer, Administrative Assistant

My role at IEN is part-time Administrative Assistant.  I provide general administrative support to the IEN staff, but the majority of my time is spent working on the Virginia Natural Resource Leadership Institute (VNRLI).  I came to IEN in September of 2008 after being a stay-at-home mom for over 10 years.  I am originally from Littleton, Colorado where I worked for the University of Colorado for 12 years.   In 1999, my husband was transferred to Pittsburgh, PA where we lived for 6 years.  In 2005, his company brought us to Charlottesville.  We have two wonderful boys that keep us very busy and active.  Email Tammy.

Kelly Altizer, Project Manager, Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute

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Elizabeth Moore, Interim Associate

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