is a consultant helping businesses, community organizations, and public agencies increase their effectiveness though internal and external consensus building. He has assisted with process design, system design, facilitation, training, and motivation. Since 2002, he has been an organizational consultant, working on local and state-level projects.
From 1991-2002, he was a member of the graduate faculty at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution of George Mason University. In that capacity, he taught clinical courses, and directed fieldwork done by faculty and students.
From 1998-2002, he served as the coordinator of the Institute's Masters Degree program and as chair of the Curriculum Committee.
Formerly an Associate of the Conflict Clinic, Inc. (1987-91, affiliated with GMU), he has extensive experience in research and analysis, conflict intervention, mediation and conciliation of public issues, designing conflict-resolving processes and systems, and providing training in conflict resolution to policymakers, public and private officials and citizen leaders. He has led interventions in disputes involving land-use, transportation, historic preservation, church procedures, educational structures, ethnic rivalry and governance. He has worked with numerous state, local and national organizations.
Prior to his work with the Conflict Clinic, Mr. Blechman worked in public policy as a community and political organizer and activist for sixteen years. He led regional campaigns on health and environmental issues, served on the national Board and as an officer of a national peace advocacy organization.