Marc Purchin

(310) 202-1155

Building on two decades of education and professional experience, Marc Purchin established Purchin Consulting in 1997 to advance his desire to empower individuals to resolve conflicts and solve problems through meaningful dialogue and at the earliest stage possible. Marc’s success rate in mediations, conflict resolution trainings and negotiation coaching has positioned Purchin Consulting as one of the premier firms in the industry. Marc has personally conducted more than 2,500 mediations through contracts with the California Special Education Hearing Office, the Department of Developmental Disabilities, several public school districts, and numerous non-profit organizations. In addition to that work, he has developed Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs in both single and multi-district SELPAs (Special Education Local Plan Areas) as well as with a variety of charter schools.

Since the mid 1990s, Marc has been a volunteer facilitator for National Days of Dialogue on Race Relations. Creating a “safe space,” Marc works with diverse populations who come together to learn from each other and find common ground. Professionally, Marc is asked to facilitate challenging meetings on a near weekly basis. Through this experience (primarily using the interest-based strategies outlined in the book Getting to Yes by William Ury and Rodger Fisher), Marc has developed and conducts a “Making Meetings Work” training series, which teaches participants how to run successful meetings in a Training of Trainer (TOT) model. Marc is certified a mediator through the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and is in high demand for his skill as a trainer, facilitator, bridge builder and mediator. As a professional member of the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN), Marc uses the principals of improvisation when providing trainings, especially in the areas of conflict resolution, negotiation, and team building.

Areas of Expertise

  • ADR
  • ADR Best Practices
  • Changing the School Culture for ADR
  • COVID-19 Related Issues
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Creating Systems (e.g., ADR Continuum)
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Due Process
  • Equity
  • Facilitated IEPs
  • Facilitation
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution coaching
  • Parental Relationships & Advocacy
  • Professional Development
  • Resolving Complaints (e.g., Resolution Sessions)
  • Strategic Planning Processes
  • Training Parents for ADR Processes
  • Virtual ADR Meetings