Tanya Denckla Cobb

Tanya Denckla Cobb is director of the University of Virginia’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation. She is a seasoned mediator and facilitator in environmental public policy, an author and a teacher.

Through her career she has worked for the federal government, state government, local and state nonprofit organizations, and as an independent consultant and writer. She is a senior practitioner on the national Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals.

In the 1990s, she assisted Frank Dukes in facilitating the Southern Tobacco Communities Project, where public health advocates and tobacco producers forged consensus “core principles” to support tobacco farming families suffering from devastating cuts while mitigating the harm caused by tobacco products.

In more recent years, she co-facilitated the Morven Tobacco Dialogues, which created a safe haven for stakeholders to explore and develop areas of common ground for tobacco, nicotine, and alternative harm-reduction strategies.