Greg Bourne has worked in the fields of collaborative planning/problem solving, conflict resolution, leadership and peacemaking for more than thirty years. In 1986 he co-founded the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, and served as its Executive Director until 1996. Thereafter, he was part of the Public Decisions Network, joining the Center for Collaborative Policy at California State University Sacramento in 2001. In 2011, he co-founded an international nonprofit leadership organization, Lead4Tomorrow, and serves as Executive Director. Since 2012 he has also served as a Senior Consultant to the University of California Davis Collaboration Center.
Bourne has worked for all levels of government in the United States on major policy issues. Public policy issues on which he has served as lead mediator include a range of environmental and natural resource management concerns (endangered species, forest plans, landscape scale assessments), ground and surface water resources, environmental justice and negotiated rulemaking on toxic materials. Internationally, he has worked in Asia and Africa.
Bourne has been an occasional columnist writing on issues associated with collaborative governance, civil society and leadership. He has taught university courses and numerous professional workshops on negotiation and conflict resolution, community engagement, cultural influences on public involvement, strategic planning, and leadership. He has made presentations at numerous professional conferences and led a variety of retreats with elected and government officials.
Bourne received a B.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma, M.S. degree from the University of Florida, and conducted post-graduate studies at the Harvard Program on Negotiation.