Mediator & Trainer

NANCY J. FOSTER, J.D., is Director of the Northern California Mediation Center (NCMC) and has been mediating divorce, family, business and organizational disputes since 1988. She also practices as a Collaborative Divorce attorney in the Interdisciplinary Team model and as a relationship systems coach. In her practice, she encourages mutual understanding, respect and reciprocity with the goal of reaching mutually acceptable durable agreements.

Nancy received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and specialized in the practice of commercial litigation, securities and real estate law for over ten years before becoming a mediator. She has been a trainer for NCMC for over twenty-five years in mediation, conflict resolution, communication skills, negotiation skills and family law, and has also presented at the Straus Institute of Pepperdine University School of Law, the Academy of Family Mediators, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and retreats for Collaborative Practice East Bay and Collaborative Practice San Mateo. She has also coached communication skills at UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Dominican University, Hastings School of Law, U.C Davis Law School and Stanford Law School. She serves on the mediation panels of the U.S. District Court for Northern California, San Francisco Superior Court, Marin County Superior Court, California Lawyers for the Arts and on the past mediation panel for the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District.

Nancy is President of Collaborative Practice Marin (CPM), the past-Program Chair for the ADR Section of the Marin County Bar Association, and is an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Academy of Family Mediators of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). She has served as President of the Northern California Mediation Association (now ADRNC) and Vice-President of Marin County Women Lawyers. Nancy is currently a member of the Marin County Bar Association, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), and the Interdisciplinary Settlement Conference Committee for the Marin Family Law Court.