Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration

A Neutral Forum for Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building

Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration

Welcome message from Executive Director Susan Jeghelian:

“Welcome to the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration at UMass Boston's John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. We are the state office for public collaboration serving government agencies and citizens of Massachusetts as a neutral forum for conflict resolution and consensus-building. 

Working with us can help you achieve sustainable solutions to public issues. Our neutrality, expertise, and experience in leading successful projects within the commonwealth, and our ease of contracting with public agencies make us an effective and accessible state-level resource.

We look forward to serving you and other institutions and citizens in advancing important initiatives for our state and local communities.”

What's New?

Call for Applications: The John Goodrich Fellowship Award (DEADLINE: Dec 9)

Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration Briefs Legislators on Community Mediation Centers

MA Office of Public Collaboration Joins the McCormack Grad School

No Adults in the Room: How Cambridge Students are Resolving Their Own Conflicts Through Mediation


"At a time of declining trust in government and of increasingly dysfunctional and adversarial relations between many in the public sector, the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration seeks to engage citizens directly and positively in problem solving and consensus-building. They play a vital role not only in resolving disputes but offering a new and better way to approach problem solving and to reinvigorate democratic participation."

Ira A. Jackson, Vice Provost for Economic Planning/Resources and Special Projects


Municipal Conflict Resolution Needs

MOPC released a final report on the Municipal Conflict Resolution Needs Assessment Study - learn more about the study and read the report here. Read More 

Parenting Disputes Research Published

MOPC Research Unit's research article on addressing parenting disputes through community mediation was published by Sage. Read More