Larry Schooler

Senior Fellow, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, University of Texas

Larry Schooler manages public engagement and alternative dispute resolution for the City of Austin, Texas. Larry also works as a mediator, facilitator, and public engagement consultant for outside clients through P3 Partners. He is a senior fellow at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas and has taught in the graduate dispute resolution program at Southern Methodist University. He serves on the leadership council of the Association for Conflict Resolution Environment and Public Policy Section, and on the American Bar Association Public Policy, Consensus Building, and Democracy Committee. He also served as president for the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2-USA). His work has been featured by a variety of organizations and publications, including Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the National League of Cities. Larry recently accepted the position of local board chair for Generation Citizen in Central Texas. Larry has mediated disputes between military personnel and civilian employers for the U.S. Department of Defense and hosted interfaith dialogue for Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT). In addition, Larry has provided voiceover services to several award-winning productions. Larry holds a master's degree in conflict analysis and resolution and is pursuing a doctorate in the same field, along with a bachelor's degree in history. He is the author of a manual entitled "The 'Public' in Public Policy: Keys to a Successful Community Meeting" and a forthcoming book on the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States. In his former career, Larry was an award-winning reporter and anchor for NPR stations and a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and Voice of America. Larry is married to Jolie (Spergel) Schooler and father to Sammy (age 5) and Robby (age 2). In his nonexistent spare time, he plays the piano and trains for marathons.