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Carolyn Mark
Carolyn Mark

Associate Mediator

Associate MediatorThis mediator has at least 40 hours of mediation training, has mediated at least 10 cases for at least 40 hours, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to's required standards of mediation practice..Premium Member

Carolyn Mark

Carolyn Mark is a professional mediator and facilitator focused on resolving conflict in non-profits, educational organizations, and communities. She is committed to empowering individuals and groups to meaningfully participate in decision-making on matters that impact them. Carolyn sees power in perspective-taking, and believes that the best decisions are made when those most impacted determine the outcome.

Carolyn currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Mediation and Collaboration of Rhode Island. She has worked for more than 30 years to advance economic and social justice at the national, state, and local levels. Carolyn served for eight years as an elected member of the East Greenwich School Committee, bringing a commitment to stakeholder engagement in district decision-making. As chair for six years, she led strategic planning, labor negotiations, mental health and wellness initiatives, and the annual budget process.

Carolyn previously served as board chair for the Economic Progress Institute, and as president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women (RI NOW). At RI NOW,  she worked to ensure that women have access to comprehensive health care and economic opportunity. She also served as a labor educator for AFSCME, and a program director and executive director for several economic development non-profit organizations.

ADR Experience

Carolyn has been a student and practitioner of dispute resolution for over thirty years. In 2021, Carolyn developed a professional mediation practice after completing the Basic Mediation Training through the Center for Mediation and Collaboration of RI (CMCRI). She serves as a volunteer mediator in CMCRI’s district court program, mediating landlord/tenant and small claims disputes. Carolyn also provides workplace and other mediation services privately as well as through CMCRI’s community mediation program. She has also been contracted to serve as a special education mediator for the Rhode Island Department of Education.


Master of City Planning (MCP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Concentration: Housing and Community Development)

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Labor Studies and Industrial Relations

Areas Of Practice

  • Community
  • Education
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Non Profits
  • Online Mediation
  • Online Workplace
  • Small Claims
  • Special Education
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Facilitator



Fees and Provisos

Carolyn provides a free initial consultation and will work on a fee arrangement acceptable to all parties, taking into account ability to pay.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • Basic Mediation Training
  • Workplace Mediation
  • Culture & Gender Issues in Negotiation and Mediation
  • Implicit Bias
  • Working With Adults Impacted By Childhood Trauma
  • K-12 Dispute Resolution
  • Leading With and Leveraging Polarities
  • Neuroinclusive Practice
  • Trauma-Informed Mediation
  • Getting Through Impasse
  • Courageous Conversations: High Conflict
  • Processes for Intragroup and Affinity Conflicts
  • Exploring Education Related Issues
  • AI and Mediation

Professional Associations

  • NAFCM - National Association for Community Mediation
  • NCDD - National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation