Maralise Hood Quan brings a breadth of experience in the field of conflict resolution to the Center for Dialog & Resolution as the Executive Director since May 2007. She has earned a BA in International Relations and Conflict Management, Maralise was the Coordinator of the Conflict Resolution Program at the United Nations University for Peace. Her work as a professional mediator in a small firm focused on land use, state agency mediations, and problem solving services led her to pursue her long-time interest in the law-making process. She became Chief of Staff to State Representative Dennis Flannigan, serving the people of the 27th Legislative District for five years. In her spare time, she went to law school, receiving her Juris Doctorate in 2008.