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Bio of James L. Creighton, Ph.D.

Jim Creighton is the President of Creighton & Creighton, Inc. He has been in the public participation field since 1972. His work in the field includes designing or conducting nearly 300 public participation programs for more than 50 federal, state and local agencies, public utilities and private sector companies. He has been involved in setting up and facilitating more than 20 advisory committees or task forces. He was the founding President of the International Association for Public Participation, serving two terms. For ten years he served as head of a team of consultants providing support to the Army Corps of Engineers Alternative Dispute Resolution program, a program that received the Hammer Award from Vice President Gore.

Creighton is the author of “The Public Involvement Manual” (Abt Books/ University Press, 1981), and “Involving Citizens in Community Decision Making” (Program for Community Problem Solving, National Civic League, 1992), as well as more than 20 guides on public participation for such agencies and organizations as the Bureau of Reclamation, US Environmental Protection Agency, Bonneville Power Administration, and Edison Electric Institute.

Recent projects include developing a Project XL Stakeholder Involvement Guide for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, conducting public participation training courses nationally for the U.S. Department of Energy, and developing two new guides for DOE: “How to Design a Public Participation Program” and “Working with Indian Tribes and Nations.” He also co-developed a new training course, Environmental Justice and Public Participation for DOE.

Creighton has been involved in a number of projects related to water and energy resource management. He was a principal consultant supporting the Bonneville Power Administration’s public involvement programs during the 1980s, and developed the overall public involvement process for the System Operation Review of the Columbia River System. He also led a team that assessed alternative institutional arrangements for future decision making regarding operation of the Columbia River system. He is co-author of a textbook on assessment of social impacts, and has evaluated the social impacts of water transfers from agriculture to fisheries.

Dr. Creighton received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the International Institute for Advanced Studies (external degree).


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