Marcia Hale is a mediator, group dialogue facilitator, and executive communication coach. As a mediator, she specializes in restorative justice and family conflicts, in addition to mediating and facilitating group dialogue around identity conflicts such as race and religion, as well as natural resource conflicts including environmental justice and water resource issues. As an executive communication coach, she supports teams in transitioning into cross-functional from siloed work environments; increasing self-awareness in individual team members and harnessing difference in order to increase communication, creativity and productivity; as well as providing communication coaching to executive team members. This work in conflict resolution is part of a broader effort to transition systems into greater sustainability and equilibrium, including systems of governance and resource provision, as well as systems found in institutions, organizations, communities, families and individuals. Marcia has conducted research on the system of water governance in Los Angeles for UCLA’s Center for Sustainable Communities; consulted with Mediators Beyond Borders International on program development; and has worked with the Liberty Hill Foundation on city-level environmental justice policy. She holds a BA from UCLA in international development, a master’s in urban planning, and is currently a PhD candidate completing her dissertation research on the relationship between urban water systems and regional security in Mediterranean climates, including the cases of Athens, Istanbul and Los Angeles.