Staff Bios

Carley Adams

Carley started with the CMD in 2012 where she coaches and trains volunteer mediators and facilitators, collaborates with community partners, and teaches conflict resolution skills and restorative justice practices to residents and volunteers.

Close up photo of Carley Adams. Carley began in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution at the age of 11 as a peer mediator in her middle school. She then mediated peer conflicts through high school before pursuing a BA degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Hawaii and then an MA in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. As a lifelong peacemaker, Carley believes mediation is an empowering way for individuals to build empathy and see new perspectives when resolving conflicts. Before working with the CMD she taught Conflict Resolution, Art, and English to students in Colorado, Hawaii and Oregon. In between working and studying she has backpacked and volunteered in 28 countries.

 Amy Watts-Padilla

Photo of Amy Watts-Padilla. Amy joined the Center for Mediation and Dialogue team in 2018 as a Program Coordinator where she supports the restorative dialogue and community mediation programs. Amy loves guiding processes and teaching tools that help individuals and groups address conflicts or respond to harm in new ways. She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MA in Peace, Conflict, and Development Studies from Universitat Jaume I in Spain. Before joining the CMD, her previous work experience included a blend of peacebuilding, community organizing, program management, mediation, and facilitation work in the U.S. and abroad. In her free time, Amy enjoys jogging, hiking, thrifting, searching out a perfect cup of coffee with a friend, and dreaming about the next vacation so she can travel somewhere new.



Lisa Fitzgerald

Close up photo of Lisa Fitzgerald. Lisa joined the City of Beaverton, Center for Mediation and Dialogue as a Program Coordinator in the Spring of 2020. She holds a JD from Harvard Law school where she represented low income clients through the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and served as President of the Harvard Mediation Program. When she moved to Portland in 2017, she piloted the New Avenues Legal Clinic where she served homeless youth. She is passionate about the opportunities that arise when we take a relational approach to addressing conflict and harm. When she isn’t working, Lisa enjoys songwriting and performing around town.