Grande Lum is the Divided Community Project’s first Director. Grande is also the founder and a Senior Advisor at Accordence, Inc., a research fellow and lecturer at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School and a Senior Advisor for Nextdoor.
Before joining the Divided Community Project, Grande directed the Community Relations Service (CRS) at the United States Department of Justice. CRS focuses on preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, and in restoring stability and harmony. During his tenure, CRS won the Association of Conflict Resolution Peacemaker Award and an American Bar Association Problem Solver Award. Lum guided CRS through several racially charged public demonstrations, including those in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore. Lum renewed focus on staff training and development, specifically on mediation and dialogue facilitation, and expanded CRS’ services in the areas of Transgender and Law Enforcement interaction, Intellectual Disabilities, and Restorative Practices.
Prior to joining CRS, Grande was director of the United States Small Business Administration Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program, was a clinical professor at the University of California Hastings School of the Law where he directed the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. Grande has more than two decades of conflict negotiation experience including work with the Harvard Negotiation Project and Roger Fisher’s Conflict Management Inc. Grande authored The Negotiation Fieldbook and Tear Down the Wall: Be Your Own Mediator in Conflict. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.