Wednesday, July 18 , 2018, 10:45 am | Partly Cloudy 72º

 
 
 
 

Mediator John Jostes Elected to National Leadership Position

The Santa Barbara planning commissioner is named a section co-chairman for the Association of Conflict Resolution

Local mediator John Jostes has been elected co-chairman of the Environmental/Public Policy Section of the 6,000-member Association for Conflict Resolution.

John Jostes
John Jostes

The association, or ACR, is a national organization of mediators and facilitators. The Environmental/Public Policy Section specializes in environmental and public policy dispute resolution.

Jostes has been active in the organization for many years and most recently served as program co-coordinator for its bi-annual conference in Denver, which focused on climate change and collaborative governance. He previously served on the Interim Leadership Council as head of the Conference Planning Committee that organized the 2006 Boston conference, focusing on public dispute resolution and deliberative democracy.

“I am delighted to return to a leadership position and help advance the section’s initiatives regarding mentoring, diversity, climate change and practitioner support,” Jostes said.

The co-chairs of the organization serve alternating two-year terms, followed by an additional one-year transitional role. During his term, Jostes hopes to lay the groundwork for the section and its members to “be of service” to agencies and communities in their attempts to implement climate change policies and action plans.

At the local level, Jostes serves as a member of the city of Santa Barbara Planning Commission and has a history of public service and volunteerism on the boards of such organizations as the Community Environmental Council, The Sustainability Project and the Southern California Mediation Association.

His firm, Interactive Planning and Management, serves clients throughout California and the southwest with mediation, facilitation, planning and decision support services.

He is currently under contract with the California Coastal Conservancy regarding the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Plan and with California State Parks facilitating the work of its Technical Review Team for the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, as well as other public- and private-sector clients.

— John Jostes is a principal with Interactive Planning and Management.

 

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through Stripe below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level
×

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >