Project Designers

Executive Director

Carl Smallwood

Smallwood is a recently retiredpartner of Vorys Sater Seymor and Pease, LLC, and chair of the Divided Community Project’s Greater Columbus Community Trust.

Chair, Steering Committee

Grande Lum

Provost at Menlo College, Lum was the Divided Community Project’s inaugural Director and is a former director of the Community Relations Service in the U.S. Department of Justice. He previously directed the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at the University of California Hastings School of Law and founded the dispute resolution training firm Accordence.


Steering  Committee

Andrew Thomas 

Thomas is a mediator in community conflicts and the Community Relations and Neighborhood Engagement Director for the City of Sanford, Florida.


Steering Committee


Becky Monroe


Ms. Monroe comes to the Project with a depth of experience supporting communities in conflict, having served as Counsel and as Interim Director of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Community Relations Service, with the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, as a Senior Policy Advisor to the White House Domestic Policy Council, and – most recently – as the Director of the Stop Hate Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.


Steering Committee

Chris Carlson

Carlson is a public policy mediator and a Chief Adviser to the Policy Consensus Initiative based in Portland, Oregon.

Steering Committee

Craig McEwen 

McEwen is a Professor Emeritus at Bowdoin College where his social science research focuses on mediation and dispute resolution.

Steering Committee

Josh Stulberg

Stulberg is the Moritz Chair Emeritus in Alternative Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and has served as a mediator in community conflicts.

Steering Committee

Kyle Strickland

Strickland is a is the Senior Legal Analyst at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity and the coordinator of My Brother’s Keeper Ohio.

Steering Committee

Michael K. Lewis

Lewis is a mediator, arbitrator, ombudsman, court monitor and special master with JAMS’ Washington, DC Resolution Center.

Steering Committee

Nancy H. Rogers

Rogers is a professor emeritus at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and is the former Ohio Attorney General. 

Steering Committee

RaShall M. Brackeny

Chief of Police for Charlottesville, Virginia, Dr. Brackney is a recognized expert in procedural and restorative justice practices, and community-police relations.

Steering Committee

Sarah R. Cole

Cole is the Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she also serves as Director of the Program on Dispute Resolution .  She regularly serves as a mediator and arbitrator.

Steering Committee


Sarah Rubin 


Rubin is the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at the California Department of Conservation.

Steering Committee

Susan Carpenter

Carpenter is a trainer and mediator in public disputes and the co-author of Managing Public Disputes.

Deputy Director

William Froehlich

Froehlich is the Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.