W. Steve Lee
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration
W. Steve Lee is founder and president of Collaborative Strategies Group, LLC and has more than 25 years as a mediator, facilitator, and policy specialist. Educated as an urban and regional planner, he has facilitated policy dialogues and mediated disputes involving transportation, urban development, sustainability, and environmental justice issues at the national, state, and local levels. He has extensive public involvement experience in urban and suburban communities for planning studies, environmental reviews, and implementation projects.
Mr. Lee has led numerous public outreach and civic engagement efforts on behalf of federal, state, and local governments throughout country. In the Washington, DC area, he has worked on projects such as the New Communities Initiative, Great Streets, Deanwood Strategic Development Plan, the St. Elizabeths Framework Redevelopment Plan, and Hunter Mill Road Visioning Process. In areas outside of the DC region, he has worked with USEPA on the Environmental Justice Summits, Atlanta, GA, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York, and the West Harlem Local Community Development Corporation.
Mr. Lee also has worked for number of agencies and national non-profit associations on a variety of climate, transportation, and mobility issues. He recently led a diverse group of stakeholders through a process to develop a peer-reviewed study, Moving Cooler: An Analysis of Transportation Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, which was released in the summer. The process included policy briefings for members of Congress and their staff, as well as a major press rollout event.
Mr. Lee also has led many organizations through strategic planning and capacity-building efforts, which often include training and coaching. He also has more than 10 years of experience as a graduate- and college-level professor in the areas of social conflict, negotiation, and conflict management. Currently, he is an adjunct associate professor at the New York University.
Mr. Lee is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Services, where he teaches courses in negotiation, conflict management and communication. Mr. Lee holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and BA from the University of the District of Columbia.
Conflict Management and Negotiation
The public/non-profit administrator, whether primarily concerned with management, policy or finance, is called upon to manage or becomes involved in a wide variety of conflicts. Conflict is ubiquitous - within and between organizations and agencies, between levels of government, between interest groups and government, between interest groups, between citizens and agencies, etc. The increasing complexity and interrelatedness of the issues that the public sector is called upon to address, and the increasing sophistication and engagement of groups representing both public and private interests, compounds the challenge. In this environment, it is essential for public and non-profit administrators to know how to manage conflict effectively.