After an award-winning career as a journalist across the globe, Dr. Larry Schooler became a mediator, facilitator, public engagement consultant, and educator. He is director of consensus building and community engagement for consulting firm CD&P. He works with agencies around the world to resolve disputes, build consensus and involve the public and stakeholders in decisions that will affect them. He also specializes in land use mediation and other public policy matters.
Dr, Schooler established the first public engagement division for the City of Austin, Texas, one of the first of its kind nationally, where he designed innovative and award-winning tools for involving the public in decision-making like Conversation Corps and the Televised Town Hall Meeting. His work has been recognized by (among others) the National League of Cities, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the Harvard School of Government.
Dr. Schooler served as president of the International Association for Public Participation (U.S. affiliate) and has taught at Southern Methodist University and Northwestern University. He is a senior fellow at the National Civic League and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin; a subject matter advisor for 100 Resilient Cities; and a senior advisor for the Divided Communities Project at Ohio State University.
Prior to his work in government, Dr. Schooler filed stories for National Public Radio and Voice of America. He also facilitated interfaith dialogue and served as an ombudsman for the U.S. Department of Defense. His volunteer service includes Big Brothers Big Sisters and Generation Citizen, a civics education nonprofit organization.
Dr. Schooler holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale and a doctoral degree in conflict resolution from Nova Southeastern University. He is the author of a manual entitled “Keys to an Effective Public Meeting” and a forthcoming book on truth and reconciliation commissions.
Larry is married to award-winning businesswoman Jolie Schooler and father to Sammy & Robby.