Welcome to our community of partnership-minded people working throughout and across federal agencies to explore practices, build skills, and learn from peers. We are a collaborative conservation team dedicated to the stewardship of the nation’s natural and cultural resources.
The Academy Staff is made up of independent consultants: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais, Jane Hanson, and Peter Williams. We define the Academy’s strategic direction, develop curriculum, host applied training courses, conduct training needs assessments and manage the operations of the Academy.
Our strategic partners cohost training. They are involved in planning, announcing, staging, monitoring, evaluating and funding the Academy’s training services. These partners recommend and support Guest Instructors and Guest Speakers. Together we develop training tools and resources.
Our instructors are partnership and community collaboration practitioners. They hail from BLM, USFS, USFWS, NPS, nonprofits, foundations, academic institutions, and consulting firms.
Our students and alumni take the lead in the Academy's peer-learning. From classroom discussions and case study presentations to networking and support, this growing group of practitioners is building the community of practice in partnership management and stakeholder engagement.
We support a federal community of practice in the emerging professional field of partnership management and community collaboration.
We place the needs of our course participants first, in curriculum design and scheduling. We invite, listen and act on informal and formal feedback and support open communication inside and outside of the classroom.
We walk the talk of partnerships. The interagency Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy is a program of Liz Madison Consulting, developed in partnership with the BLM Division of Education, Interpretation and Partnerships and National Training Center, the USFS National Partnership Office, the USFWS National Conservation Training Center, and DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution.
We support an inclusive community of practice. Academy training is open to all practitioners in partnership and community collaboration. Federal employees and individuals from state and local agencies, nonprofits, associations and tribes enrich the peer learning experience for all participants.
Our administrator and owner is Liz Madison Consulting. Liz Madison co-founded the Academy with Diane Nelson, Training Coordinator at the BLM National Training Center and Helene Aarons, BLM Partnership Coordinator. Diane and Helene have since retired from the federal workforce.