Until May, 2017, Larry Schooler managed public engagement and alternative dispute resolution for the City of Austin, Texas. Larry now works as a mediator, facilitator, and public engagement consultant for outside clients through Public Participation 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 has served as president of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2-USA); 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.
Larry’s 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. He has served on the board of Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) and hosted interfaith dialogue for the organization. He has also mediated disputes between military personnel and civilian employers for the U.S. Department of Defense.
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. Larry was an award-winning reporter and anchor for National Public Radio and Voice of America. He is the author "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.