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Charles Field is a Senior Research Fellow and lecturer at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Field teaches basic, advanced negotiation and conflict resolution to graduate students in the School of Public Policy. He also teaches negotiation in the Office of Executive Programs, School of Public Policy to government officials at the federal, state and local levels, and to non-profit groups. Dr. Field also teaches negotiation as an adjunct faculty member at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He also founder and president of CGF Resolution Group LLC which provides professional training in the areas of negotiation and leadership. In this capacity he has consulted to public and private groups both on an individual basis and as a collaborator with Conflict Management Group.
Dr. Field brings a rich background in teaching negotiation concepts and skills. He undertook his negotiation training through the Harvard Program on Negotiation where he participated both as a student and then as a teaching assistant with Roger Fisher. He has extensive experience working in both the public and private sectors in the housing and community development areas.
Before joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Field served as Staff Vice President and Regulatory Counsel for the National Association of Home Builders. During his fourteen-year tenure at NAHB he served as chief staff negotiator on complex regulatory and product defect matters. He also provided negotiation training to NAHB staff and upon leaving NAHB, provided negotiation training to other association professionals. Prior to this private sector experience, Dr. Field served in both policy and regulatory/legal positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. These dual sets of experiences have provided him the unique opportunity to view leadership and negotiation approaches from different and sometimes competing perspectives.
Dr. Field earned his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University (1971), J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1978), Masters of Urban Planning from New York University (1965), and B.A. in government from Cornell University (1962). He has written extensively on housing, housing policy, regulatory policy and negotiation/joint problem solving. Before joining the University of Maryland, he served as Staff Vice President and Regulatory Counsel for the National Association of Home Builders (1984-98) and worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1971-84).