Ellen S. Velasco-Thompson

Ellen Velasco-Thompson is the Director of Risk Management & Claims Division for the City of Minneapolis. Her expertise extends to cross-cultural issues in family, employment, health, and business disputes. She recommends and prefers co-mediation. Since 1990, she has participated in coaching mediation skills training for the Mediation Center and Hamline University. She is a panelist for the Minnesota Special Education Mediation Service roster working with parents and schools, and she serves on the Minnesota Human Rights Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel for employment issues and the Americans With Disabilities Act. Velasco-Thompson has a background in the areas of risk management, insurance, and health care. Prior to her work at the Mediation Center, she provided mediation/arbitration services at the Department of Labor and Industry for the State of Minnesota. Velasco-Thompson earned her BSN from Loyola University of Chicago.