Gary Decker, Mediator and Program Manager

Gary Decker is a Mediator and Program Manager in Meridian Institute’s Washington, DC, office. He has more than six years of experience working on natural resources, sustainability, and climate change-related issues while building community engagement, strategic dialogue and planning activities, and conflict resolution initiatives for nonprofit organizations and governments. Mr. Decker spends much of his time working on issues related to combatting tropical deforestation (REDD+) and incentivizing sustainable development—engaging with diverse stakeholders at the international, national, and local levels to address the drivers of deforestation. In addition, Mr. Decker has worked on natural resource policy issues including water resource management, sustainable agricultural production, innovative finance models for environmental protection and restoration projects, and building partnerships within and between governments and nongovernmental organizations.
 
Prior to his time at Meridian, Mr. Decker worked for Search for Common Ground in their Sustainable Business Practice Program in rural Tanzania, helping to facilitate dialogue and alleviate conflict between local communities and an international mining company. In addition, he has worked at the national and local levels of politics for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Mr. Decker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Goucher College. He received a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in International Relations and International Economics, where he also received a certificate in mediation and facilitating problem-solving workshops.