Rachel Barbour is an organizational consultant with a focus on workplace flexibility. Her recent article, A Revolutionary Change: Making the Workplace More Flexible, was published by Solutions Journal last year. Previously, she was a Conflict Resolution Specialist at the National Mediation Board in Washington, DC for almost ten years. Her responsibilities included managing a variety of dispute resolution projects, developing internal training programs and mediating workplace disputes. She was also extensively involved in developing and implementing the NMB’s online dispute resolution program. She represented the NMB on the government-wide Interagency Dispute Resolution Working Group Steering Committee.
Her varied background includes experience working on diversity related conflict resolution efforts domestically and internationally. She spent several years focused on conflict resolution efforts in the Horn of Africa and has traveled extensively through the region. She was a Board member of the Association for Conflict Resolution from 2008-2011 and is currently a tri-chair for the 2012 ACR Conference in New Orleans, LA. She also served as a tri-chair for the 2008 and 2009 annual conferences. She received her MS from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and a BA from Mount Holyoke College. She lives with her family in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.