Jared Finkelstein is a consultant and trainer who specializes in communication that transforms conflict into connection. Jared has over 20 years experience in alternative education. A former filmmaker and media educator, Jared taught Media Literacy to youth in Poughkeepsie, NY through the Children’s Media Project, as well as through the Summer Institute for the Gifted, The Randolph School, and the Poughkeepsie Day School. In his years as an educator he has worked closely with children as young as 3 and as old as 21, facilitating hands on experiential learning projects, coupled with character education and community building. Jared is a graduate of the 2009 BayNVC Leadership Program and has been a teaching assistant for both the 2010 Immersion Program and the 2010 and 2011 Leadership Programs. As a Collaborative Trainer with BayNVC, Jared offers professional development training in NVC to Bay Area school teachers and administrators, as well as workshops for parent groups and student classrooms. Jared is also a certification candidate with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.