Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Maralise Hood Quan: Facilitator for Aug. 12 OFC Member Forum

In addition to facilitating the actual forum, Maralise Hood Quan worked with the Board to create the format. Details about the forum format will be posted later this evening!

Maralise Hood Quan,
Executive Director of Pierce County Dispute Resolution Center

Maralise Hood Quan brought a great deal of experience in the field of conflict resolution to the Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution when she became the Executive Director in May 2007. Before earning her BA in International Relations and Conflict Management, Maralise had already worked in intercultural and nonviolent conflict resolution settings in her native Washington State, primarily with migrant workers.

She moved to Central America in 1985 where she became Coordinator of the Conflict Resolution Program at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. There she was instrumental in the success of such projects as the Central American Peace Education curriculum, World Conflict Resolution Center, regional peace negotiations and as well as multiple conflict resolution training opportunities.

After years of working together as consultants to help resolve conflict, Maralise and her husband, Julio Quan, returned to Washington in 2000. Her work as a professional mediator in a small firm focused on land use, state agency mediations, and problem solving services led her to pursue her long-time interest in the law-making process. She subsequently became Chief of Staff to State Representative Dennis Flannigan, serving the people of the 27th Legislative District for five years. In her spare time, she went to law school, receiving her Juris Doctorate in 2008.

Her current projects include the Washington State Council on Traumatic Brain Injury, Pierce County Housing Justice Project, Connexion Latina, Walk the Waterfront, and the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls.