Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution

Building Collaboration

Center Staff


Susan Schultz

Susan Schultz, Program Director

Susan joined the Center in 2002 after years of practicing regulatory law in both the private and public sectors. Susan is a trained mediator and facilitator. She approaches mediation from the perspective that the parties own the potential for resolution. Susan has mediated multiple situations, including workplace tensions, neighborhood concerns, and civil rights. She has also facilitated groups with varying goals, such as developing an educational legislative strategy, negotiating a rule for the provision of mental health services, and designing the extension of a state highway. In the broader scope of ADR education, Susan stays informed concerning ADR legislation and policies and consults with various governmental bodies to refine or implement ADR programs.

Susan also trains and presents at conferences on various collaborative processes, including consensus-building and negotiated rulemaking. Susan is a lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law where she teaches mediation, negotiation and public policy dispute resolution. She is on the Council of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and a member of the Association of Conflict Resolution, Texas Association of Mediators, and American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section. Susan received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and her J.D. from Baylor School of Law.

Suzanne Schwartz

Suzanne Schwartz, Environmental Program Director

Suzanne Schwartz serves as Environmental Program Director for the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas School of Law, where she focuses on building collaboration and resolving disputes in the environmental and natural resources field. Ms. Schwartz’s projects at the Center include facilitating basin-wide stakeholder groups charged with making recommendations to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for instream and bay and estuary flows, stakeholder collaborative processes to assist in the design of environmental studies for the Texas Instream Flow Program, working with federal and state agencies to streamline water permitting processes while ensuring environmental protection, community involvement in highway design and a neighborhood planning project.

Ms. Schwartz teaches courses at the UT School of Law including governmental and public policy dispute resolution, environmental multiparty negotiation, and provides public training and education on consensus building, multiparty negotiation and collaborative processes.

Prior to joining the center, Ms. Schwartz served for 20 years as General Counsel for the Texas Water Development Board, and worked at the Texas Department of Water Resources (predecessor agency to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality), overseeing legal aspects of the agency's water rights program.

Ms. Schwartz received both her law degree and Bachelor of Journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

Vicki Read

Vicki Read, Senior Program Coordinator

Vicki began working for the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution in October 2001. She has worked in various aspects of the Center’s services, with her primary focus on customized alternative dispute resolution (ADR) training programs for governmental entities, both state and local, and non-profit agencies. The Center also offers generalized ADR trainings for the public at large. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is trained in mediation, interest-based negotiation and public policy dispute resolution. Vicki is also a certified facilitator for the Conflict Dynamics Profile®.

Prior to her work at the Center, Vicki served as the Director of Operations and Special Projects at the North Louisiana Area Health Education Center. She was active in designing and implementing trainings, workshops and rural preceptorships for medical students in twenty-one parishes of north Louisiana.

Vicki currently serves as secretary of the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable and is a member of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section.