Matthew McKinney is the Director of the Public Policy Research Institute at The University of Montana. The Institute was created by the Board of Regents in 1987 and fosters collaborative governance to sustain communities and landscapes. Prior to his current position, Matthew served as the founding director of the Montana Consensus Council for 10 years. During the past 20 years, he has designed, facilitated, and mediated nearly 50 public dialogues, including citizen participation and multi-party negotiations on issues related to federal land management, water policy, fish and wildlife, land use planning and growth management, public health and human services, tax policy, and campaign finance reform.

Mr. McKinney received a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy and Conflict Resolution from The University of Michigan. He has published numerous articles in journals and books, and is co-author of The Western Confluence: A Guide to Governing Natural Resources (Island Press, 2004). Matthew teaches workshops, seminars, and courses on natural resource policy and public dispute resolution. He is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Montana’s School of Law; a faculty associate at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; and a partner with the Consensus Building Institute. Matthew was a research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2000 and 2002. Mr. McKinney lives with his wife and three daughters in Helena, Montana.