About the Founder


Work Story, Expertise and Projects

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. – Edward Everett Hale

Work Story

Myriem does this and that … and, she continues to think outside the box about ways we can orient for a better future.

Her expertise builds on study and practice in environmental economics. She translates analytical insights into the domain of group decision-making. With over 30 years of experience in hands on problem-solving in a range of settings, she is poised to present a new strategy for our times. Her aptitudes rest in perceiving patterns and building new pathways for a better future.

Myriem’s professional life began in Boulder, Colorado where she raised her son, also a participatory researcher.  Since 2010, Myriem spent considerable time working in the Northwest, New Mexico and the Western Slope of Colorado.  She visited and worked with natural building collectives, organic farms and in retail.  It was not an easy life, but her experience with every day survival in a changing American economy underpins new found insights.  In this time, she has refined the scope of the Institute and is working with a smaller Board of Directors.

Since the mid 1990s, her interest in participatory action research and mediation have lead her to coordinate the Animas Watershed Partnership and write a regional planning backgrounder in the southwest. This “field guide” served to address the fundamentals of reconciling hydraulic fracturing, coal-fired electric production and outdoor recreation in the southwest. From these experiences and others working overseas in participatory development, she formulated her approach to eliciting real local input in a way that could reconcile a wide range of disputes. She has written for the Association of Conflict Resolution – Environment Sector, and more.

Of note, Myriem resigned from a position with a prominent electric utility data service in 1993 over the question of cap and trade for carbon. The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 led to a significant shift in sourcing coal and in particular sourcing from mines served by a railroad on the oldest organic farm in Colorado.

In her position as Senior Project Specialist, she was the first person to calculate the emission allowances for the prototypical sulfur dioxide markets. She advanced GIS based display strategies which comprehension of management information. Mapping was particularly useful in assessing shifts in bulk power markets in the mid 1990s. Remember Enron, anyone? Needless, to say – there had to be a better way to make public decisions affecting local people and whole economies. How to reconcile differences and get local input? Ah, now that is an interesting question.


outstanding ability to explain complex issues to a diverse audience

In 2005, Myriem undertook research on the culture of stewardship surrounding Rocky Mountain National Park. She describes her findings in a powerful presentation to a mixture of Federal employees, volunteers, and nonprofit specialists. Her delivery was both professional and articulate. Her findings were remarkable, perhaps even cutting edge. Myriem’s ability to explain complex issues to a diverse audience is outstanding.
– Curt Buchholtz, Director – Western Region, National Park Foundation

Founder of Rocky Mountain Nature Association

understands different audiences require different strategies

Myriem has the experience and instincts to serve in a variety of positions related to organizational development. She is unusually adept at motivating people. Moreover, she has the courage to expect a lot, ask a lot and get a lot from those she influences. Myriem is an especially effective – read this to mean, “convincing” – oral and written communicator. She has a calm demeanor, but she is not shy. She is willing to step in and lead when that is called for. As a facilitator, one way that her courage reveals itself is her willingness to approach people who may be acting out or are on the fringes of the main group and to work with them to be engaged with the group. She understands that different audiences require different strategies and her experience has equipped her with a very large range of such strategies.
– Carl Moore, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Kent State • Pioneer in fields of mediation and community-wide public participation

Principal, The Community Store - Santa Fe, New Mexico

engaging and captivating in front of a group

Myriem Le Ferrand has excellent presentation skills. She is engaging and captivating in front of a group and is a great person to work with.
– Susan Goodwin, Conflict Management and Collaboration Senior Specialist, Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution

U.S. Department of the Interior – Washington D.C.

effective at building consensus both in small and large groups

Myriem demonstrates excellent leadership and executive skills: She is able to remain calm and optimistic and motivate co-workers and employees, particularly in stressful circumstances. She is also very bright and assimilates new knowledge quickly. She displays highly developed written and oral communication skills and is effective at building consensus both in small and large groups.
– Jack Bauersachs, Ph.D., CFA, Professor and Dean of International Management at Deggendorf University, Germany

Founding Board Director and Current Advisor – Economics for Peace Institute

Coming Soon Social Fieldwork Projects

A list of projects with brief description. Once we are fully funded, this section of the member profiles will include clickable links to a repository of fieldwork protocols, tools, lessons learned and takeaway. We also plan to provide parallel resource for communities to share information to support their goals and objectives through social fieldwork.