NVMS was founded by graduate students from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in 1990. The organization, then known as Northern Virginia Mediation Service, was initially intended as a laboratory to provide Conflict Resolution students an opportunity to apply their skills to benefit the local community.

From the very beginning, NVMS was created on the principles of community building, self-determination, and collaborative problem-solving and they continue to inform our work today.

Over the years, NVMS has gradually expanded from not only working with families and neighbors, but also collaborating with local governments, other non-profits organizations, federal agencies, and area businesses.  With a dedicated staff and a team of experienced, certified practitioners, we deliver a broad range of programs and services to Northern Virginia and beyond.

We tailor all of our services to meet the specific needs of members of our community. It remains our mission to enhance communication and help our clients achieve lasting outcomes, even in the midst of adversity.

Our Mission

Transforming conflict into successful outcomes

Our Position

NVMS provides our clients (individuals, organizations, and communities) with the broadest array of communication and conflict management services of any other organization in the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC metropolitan area by having highly skilled trainers, mediators, coaches, and facilitators, and by making these services customized and accessible.

NVMS helps its clients to be their best at managing conflict with a range of services and audiences including but not limited to:

  • The Community: Restorative Justice Facilitation, Civil Court Mediation, and Neighborhood Dispute Resolution;
  • The Workplace:  Skill-building Training, Facilitation, Mediation, and Coaching; and
  • Families: Divorce/Separation Mediation, Co-Parenting Education, and Intra-Family Facilitation.


We are dedicated to identifying and meeting client needs by providing quality, professional, and accessible, cost-effective services.

We seek to expand each individual’s capacity to exercise freedom of choice and action through education, information sharing, and other appropriate processes.

We support innovative thinking, which creates opportunities and outcomes for the community we serve, while cultivating an environment of community learning and collaboration.

We celebrate and value diversity of thought and practice grounded in race, ethnicity, culture, and other differences. We aspire to be inclusive and representative of the communities we serve.

We focus on long-term continuity in the services we provide, the relationships we develop, and the communities we serve. We will meet present needs and assure long-term viability.

Our Team

Clients & Affiliates

Letter from Board President and Executive Director – 2017






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