This team has extensive experience in conflict, including:
stepping in it
sticking our feet in our mouths
working hard to do better in conflict, and even sometimes succeeding!
We are people who like to get messy in what it means to be human. We enjoy experimenting with new approaches to improve the way we connect with others through conflict, and we are motivated to find out what it takes to "do conflict" in a way that benefits us all.
Co-host and Producer
Sam Fuqua is an award-winning radio journalist who has worked in public media since 1990, including over 20 years on the staff of KGNU, the community public radio station serving Boulder/Denver. He co-hosts KGNU's quarterly call-in program focused on conflict resolution. Sam is also an advocate for equitable public education and served on the Boulder Valley Board of Education 2011-2019. He also worked for six years as Executive Director of the children's arts & literacy nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom.
Jes Rau is a facilitator, trainer, and organizational leader. For over 20 years, Jes has been dedicated to the advancement of equity both as an activist and working within the nonprofit sector. They have coordinated national and international youth conferences across the globe and have facilitated hundreds of trainings in topics of anti-oppression, positive youth development, trauma informed practices, emotional regulation, communication, and community visioning for action. Currently, Jes is the executive director of cityWILD, a youth development and nature-based nonprofit organization in Denver.
Producer and Instigator
Mary Zinn is president of Zinn Mediation Associates. She has 30 years of experience in Dispute Resolution as a practitioner, trainer, administrator, and curriculum designer. Mary was a leader of the Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado campaign (every October) for 15 years and co-produced a radio program on Conflict Resolution at KGNU, Boulder. She envisioned and funded Talking It Out: Getting to Agreement, a unique photo exhibit that highlights stories of Coloradans working together to solve challenging problems. Mary taught communications skill-building for Palestinian, Israeli and American teens with Seeking Common Ground (now Building Bridges). She was a founder of the Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council.
In 2019, Mary moved west and now she works, hikes and prioritizes time to play with grandchildren in Sammamish, WA.