Anna West Honored with “Women with Hydro Vision” Award

Kearns & West Principal and Co-Founder Anna West was one of 10 honored at the annual HydroVision International Conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

Anna was recognized by her peers for her nearly 20 years of pioneering work in the hydropower sector, including leading national dialogues on regulatory process improvements, facilitating numerous complex, multi-year hydropower relicensing settlement agreements, and working with innovators to conduct stakeholder outreach and policy refinements for the marine hydrokinetic sector.

Anna received the 2016 Women with Hydro Vision Award for Facilitation and Stakeholder Engagement.

Kearns & West Announces New Principal J. Michael Harty

Kearns & West is pleased to announce that J. Michael Harty has joined the firm’s senior leadership team as a Principal.


Mike has two decades of experience assessing, convening, designing and facilitating/mediating large and complex public and organizational disputes. These include large-scale collaborative planning efforts, public policy dialogues, matters in litigation, regulatory negotiations, and site-specific disputes. Mike also consults with federal and state agencies and NGOs on strategic issues related to conflict management, organizational development, and public decision-making. Click here for the press release.

Kearns & West Awarded GSA Professionals Services Contract

Kearns & West was recently awarded GSA’s Professional Services Schedule (GS-00F-132CA). Federal government agencies can access Kearns & West collaboration and strategic communication services in the following categories: Public Relations Services (C541-2); Integrated Marketing Services (C541-5); Market Research and Analysis (C541-4A); Other Direct Costs (C541-1000); and Integrated Consulting Services, including meeting facilitation and management and alternative dispute resolution services (C874-1).

For more information about Kearns & West’s federal government services, please contact Amanda Roberts at or (202) 448-8776.

Kearns & West Facilitates Searsville Alternatives Study Advisory Group Process

Stanford University embarked on the Searsville Alternatives Study in 2011 to develop a recommended course of action to address the future of Searsville Dam and Reservoir, taking into account its continued sedimentation issues, the surrounding environmental resources, and the associated San Francisquito Creek watershed. Kearns & West was engaged in 2012 to convene and facilitate an external Advisory Group comprised of non-governmental organizations, community interests, and local, state, and federal agencies. The Group was tasked with developing goals for the Alternatives Study, reviewing many technical reports and providing recommendations on nine alternatives.


In May 2015, after more than two years of study and evaluation, Stanford University announced its decision to further develop and evaluate two alternative ways to achieve fish passage, while avoiding an increase in downstream or upstream flooding and also preserving/providing riparian and wetlands habitat. This decision marks the first time Stanford is planning to make a significant change to the dam since it was built in 1892 and, based on the process, it is broadly supported by members of the diverse Advisory Group. To learn more about the University’s decision, you can find the full recommendations report here.