Daniel Rainey is currently the Director of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services for the National Mediation Board (NMB), an independent U.S. Government agency responsible for labor-management dispute resolution in the airline and railroad industries. His work for the NMB includes development and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for dispute resolution efforts involving contract negotiations, grievance mediation, arbitration, and ADR training. Before coming to the NMB he was the owner/President of Holistic Solutions, Inc. (1996-2001), Senior Vice President of J. Cooper & Associates (1995-1996), an Expert Consultant to the United States Department of Agriculture (1990-1994), and a member of the faculty at George Mason University (1978-1990).
For the past four years he has been one of the team members from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the NMB working under grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the impact of technology on dispute resolution and the application of process modeling to the development of ODR software.
In the recent past he has been a speaker at ODR conferences and technology conferences in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, the UK, Egypt, and Australia. He has been a featured speaker on technology and dispute resolution at conferences and meetings in the United States for the Association for Conflict Resolution, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, TAWPI (The Association for Work Process Improvement), state bar associations in Virginia, Florida,and New Jersey, state dispute resolution organizations in Virginia, Washington, DC, and New Jersey, and at a varity of institutions of higher learning. He is a faculty member in the graduate Dispute Resolution program at SMU, and in the online graduate program in dispute resolution at The Werner Institute, Creighton University.
Through InternetBar.Org (IBO), a non-profit organization involved in issues of cyber-justice, rule of law, and online dispute resolution, he is involved in online peacebuilding and dispute resolution programs with efforts in the North of Ireland/Northern Ireland, Haiti, Southern Sudan, Sierra Leone, and Brazil.
Memberships and associations include:
- The Association for Conflict Resolution (Immediate past Chair, ODR Section)
- Conflict Resolution Quarterly (Member, Editorial Board)
- The American Bar Association (Member, Section of Dispute Resolution)
- The International Ombudsman Association
- The National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (Fellow of the Center)
- InternetBar.Org (Member, Board of Directors)
- The Association of Labor Relations Agencies (Chair, Technology Committee)