Sarah J. Read, President of the Communications Center, is an attorney, mediator, facilitator, and teacher with more than 25 years experience in resolving complex issues. She has mediated commercial and community disputes and designed and facilitated multi-stakeholder dialogues on energy and on other community and regulatory issues.

Sarah teaches Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law when offered. In October 2010, she received the President’s Award from the Association of Missouri Mediators in recognition of her efforts in education and promotion of mediation throughout Missouri.

She served on the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution and is a past chair of The Missouri Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

She received her B.A. Degree, cum laude, in 1978 from Yale University and her Juris Doctorate degree with the Order of the Coif from the University of Wisconsin in 1981.

Sarah lives in Columbia, Missouri, where she is the President-Elect for 2016-17 of the Columbia MetroRotary Club, President of Columbia Parents for Public Schools, and an elder at First Christian Church.

Selected presentations:

Mind Games in the Public Arena Part 1: Navigating the Obstacles in Planning, Convening, and Conducting a Public Process; Mind Games in the Public Arena Part 2: Words Matter—Introducing and Using Dialogue Strategies in Public Policy Debates. Heartland Regional Conference of Mediators, April 2007.

Hate Hurts: Recognizing Hate and Managing Its Effects. American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Spring Conference, April 2010.

Unpacking, Mapping and Evaluating Conflict. American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Spring Conference, April 2016.