A veteran public administrator
, Jack Hardisty uses alternative dispute resolution strategies to achieve community consensus, and to mediate business and individual conflicts.

Most people recognize disputes can be settled with honest dialogue; however, they often are uncertain how to initiate or maintain that dialogue. As a result, they default to confrontational strategies. Involving a neutral third party can re-focus the dialogue to achieve favorable outcomes for all parties.

Together with mediation, negotiation and other conflict resolution strategies, South Valley Solutions provides professional and experienced advice regarding land-use; construction and environmental issues; government and community relations; and strategic planning and group facilitation to individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Jack Hardisty holds a bachelor of science degree in urban planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, Bakersfield; and a master’s degree in alternative dispute resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law. Jack Hardisty is an American Planning Association certified planner, with more than three decades of land-use planning experience, most recently as the City of Bakersfield’s development services director, overseeing planning and building inspection. He is a member of the Kern County, California, Bar Association and has successfully mediated hundreds of disputed cases.

Articles written by Jack Hardisty can be found on his blog at


Experienced in managing nonprofit organizations, Deirdre Gill Hardisty uses a variety of strategies to help individuals, businesses and organizations become more efficient and effective, and to achieve community understanding and support for their programs and services.

Nonprofit organizations face the same challenges as businesses and government agencies face to utilize sound business decisions. A neutral, trained third party can help facilitate meaningful discussion and bring involved players together to further a nonprofit organization’s philanthropic and public purposes.

Deirdre Gill Hardisty helps client organizations recruit, coach and train staff and volunteers. She also helps organizations develop their strategic plans; implement effective government and community relations efforts; and communicate with decision-makers and the general public. Deirdre Gill Hardisty is a critical member of the South Valley Solutions team that utilizes mediation, coaching and communications to help clients meet their objectives.

A certified mediator and South Valley Solutions’ managing associate, Deirdre Gill Hardisty previously served as the regional manager for Girl Scouts USA, based in Kern County, Calif.; the director of Strategic Community Consulting and assistant director of Reaches Out at the University of California, San Diego; and an environmental educator for the Live Oak School District in Santa Cruz, Calif. Her international non-governmental organization experience includes working for Cruz Roja Guatemalteca in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and All Saints Orphanage in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Deirdre Gill Hardisty holds a bachelor of arts degree in literature, with a minor in sociology, from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s degree in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego. Her research concentration was in international development and management, with a Latin American specialization.


With more than 30 years of experience in public relations, news reporting and editing, Dianne Hardisty specializes in writing about business, science, government, environment, and legal and military affairs. She works with individuals, businesses, special interest groups, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to craft “plain-speak” news, feature and opinion articles for publication in newspapers, magazines, trade journals, newsletters and to post to the Internet.

Clients often need to convey complex and technical concepts to the public. Dianne Hardisty collaborates with clients to craft these articles for publication and to develop social media postings.

Persuasive writing is a powerful tool. When combined with other services South Valley Solutions’ professionals provide, the likelihood of a favorable outcome is enhanced.

Dianne Hardisty held a variety of positions at The Bakersfield Californian, a metropolitan daily newspaper in Central California. These positions included reporting and editing. Most recently, she was the newspaper’s editorial page editor. In addition, she was the founding editor of the Kern Business Journal, a bimonthly business publication of The Bakersfield Californian. Before joining The Bakersfield Californian’s staff, she was a reporter and editor with several daily and weekly newspapers. She also was a public information officer at Naval Air Station Lemoore and with the City of Pomona, Calif. She holds a bachelor of science degree in communications from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Samples of Dianne Hardisty’s writing can be found on her blog at