Strengthening Connections. Uniting Communities. Transforming Lives.


Negotiation Works is a new non-profit organization that provides negotiation skills training to vulnerable residents of the District of Columbia metropolitan area, including women experiencing homelessness, domestic violence survivors, and people recently released from prison.

Every week, staff and trained volunteers travel to local service providers to teach negotiation skills classes using our innovative, multi-week, interactive curriculum. Our programs help individuals apply effective negotiation strategies to all areas of their lives. Class participants learn to engage in more productive and less conflict-ridden interactions with employers, landlords, service providers, family members, and friends. They gain self-confidence and the skills necessary to lead more stable lives.

Our negotiation skills training programs have the potential not only to help individuals but also to benefit our entire community: when its members make solid, durable decisions and engage in stronger relationships, we all enjoy a more stable society. 


Our Founder

Melissa Reinberg, founder and executive director of Negotiation Works, is a lawyer, mediator, and educator.  Melissa believes that dispute resolution and negotiation skills are essential to navigating our world and that everyone can learn to negotiate more constructively and use negotiation skills and strategies more intentionally.


Our Partners



Special thanks to The Pollination Project for providing Negotiation Works with a grant to support the design and dissemination of our course materials:


 Board of Directors


Melissa Reinberg

Founder and Executive Director, Negotiation Works

Betsy Biben

Chief, Office of Rehabilitation and Development, Public Defender Service

Mary Bissell

Co-Founder and Partner, ChildFocus

Robert Duncan

Senior Counsel/Career Advisor, Hogan Lovells

Stuart Ishimaru

Former Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission