Staff Bio

Debra Drecksel

Senior Program Manager/Senior Facilitator

Debra Drecksel's life-long focus has been on how we can communicate most effectively with one another. She brings this focus to her collaborative environmental work at the U.S. Institute in assessments, process design and management, facilitation, mediation, and training. Debra embraces the Udall Foundation legacy of civility, integrity, and consensus.

Prior to joining the U.S. Institute, Debra successfully led collaborative processes on numerous projects, ranging from long-term interagency collaborations to enhance mutual mission accomplishment to multi-year transportation projects with stakeholders including federal and state agencies, counties, cities, grassroots organizations, and the public. She also mediated many disputes, trained judges, lawyers, agencies, organizations, and individuals in communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, and mediation skills, served as a volunteer mediator for a community mediation program and the Arizona Attorney General's Office, served as a judicial clerk and intern in three courts, practiced law, served as the Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Arizona State Bar, and served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Pima County Superior Court.

Debra has an Honors Degree of B.A. and an M.A. in Interpersonal Communication as well as a Juris Doctor degree, all from the University of Utah. She taught communication courses at the University of Utah and the University of Arizona.

Debra Drecksel, (202) 540-1043


In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein

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building Our professional staff sometimes serve as lead mediators/facilitators on projects, primarily when complex federal interagency or intergovernmental issues are involved. More often, we help the people involved assess the situation, outline a path to resolution and choose a lead mediator/facilitator or team of independent practitioners. We typically manage the contract and oversee the work of these service providers. Often the national roster or the Native Network can be used to identify the best qualified practitioners for specific cases.

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