Growing up in a multicultural family in the south, then being transplanted to First Nations reservations in Canada, Tahirih Varner developed a natural curiosity for diverse perspectives and was leading community dialogues on race relations and stereotyping by middle school. She was hooked on being a peacemaker and has dedicated her time and energy over the past few decades to conflict management work that seeks to empower both groups and individuals to function harmoniously.
Tahirih has a Master of Science Degree in Conflict Management, is a certified organizational ombuds through the International Ombudsman Association, a licensed trainer of the International Institute of Restorative Practices and of the CRETE (conflict resolution for educators) curriculum funded by the JAMS Foundation.
Now in the Department of the Interior’s Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution in Arlington, VA, Tahirih is one of two organizational ombuds dedicated to the National Park Service. She is an internal ombuds, meaning she provides a wide range of conflict management services to any and all NPS employees.