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, cultural, and recreational resources.
The Academy Staff is made up of independent consultants: Anne Desmarais, Jane Hanson, Kendra Briechle, and Liz Madison. 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, DOI CADR, USDA FS, USFWS, USACE, NOAA, 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 Anne Desmarais Consulting. Courses are developed in partnership with the BLM National Training Center and National Conservation Lands and Community Partnerships Directorate, the NPS Stewardship Institute, the USDA FS National Partnership Office, the USFWS National Conservation Training Center, the US. Army Corps Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise, and DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution.
We support a diverse and 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 Anne Desmarais Consulting.