Emily Machin-Mayes, Conflict Resolution Expert, Seattle

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General Overview

Emily has been designing and providing conflict resolution education and peacebuilding services to businesses, schools, and youth since 2011. She has an MA in Intercultural Service Leadership and Management from the SIT Graduate Institute and holds a Master’s Certificate in Restorative Practices from the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP). With a BA in theatre and liberal arts, she is passionate about creating meaningful opportunities for reflection, listening, and transformation utilizing dialogue, art-informed and trauma-informed techniques.

Emily’s expertise lies in her comprehensive understanding of system-level dynamics, as well as her ability to navigate interpersonal and intercultural considerations. With these insights, she empowers clients to build tools for reflection and communication so they can communicate a way that reflects their values and builds towards mutual understanding.

Business Experience

For over a decade, Emily has been bringing organizations and groups together to effectively manage change and resolve conflicts. She has extensive experience in facilitating trainings, meetings, and retreats. She provides ongoing coaching support to a diverse range of clients including K-12 schools, non-profits, county and municipal departments, businesses, and community settings.


  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Public Service & Gov’t
  • Community Building
  • School Systems and K-12
  • Restorative Justice
  • Change Management
  • Appreciative Inquiry


  • Master of Arts (M.A.), Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management, SIT Graduate Institute
  • Master’s Certificate, Restorative Practices, International Institute for Restorative Practices
  • TESOL Certification
  • Certified Mediator with Dispute Resolution Centers in Washington


  • Member, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Facilitator Strengthening Families 10-14
  • Mediator, Coach and Trainer, Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center
  • Member, Whatcom Prevention Coalition, Ferndale Community Coalition, Mt Baker Community Coalition

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