History

Convergence was founded in 2009 by Rob Fersh and is made up of people with deep experience in policy, politics, mediation, and other fields. We operate from the premise that no one individual, group or ideology holds all the answers to any particular national challenge. Our experience suggests that wise and widely supportable solutions emerge when those who disagree, or those who are yet to integrate their differing knowledge and experience, engage constructively with each other.

Members of Convergence’s Board, Leadership Council and Staff have led successful projects in the areas of health care coverage, U.S.-Muslim relations, and faith-based initiatives under the auspices of Search for Common Ground, an international conflict transformation organization. Building on this experience, they formed Convergence to focus exclusively on major policy challenges—both domestic and international—facing the U.S.

A DECADE OF DIFFERENCE
Read our retrospective highlighting ten years of results bridging divides.

COMPLETED PROJECTS

Building a Better Budget Process – Reforming the federal budget process to improve the budget decisions Congress makes each year.
Education Reimagined – A nationally-recognized organization that grew out of our K-12 education project, committed to making learner-centered education available to every child in the U.S.
Future of Health – Generating policy ideas that can foster bipartisan cooperation on national health care reform.
Health Reform Roundtable – Reaching bipartisan agreement on short term efforts to shore up the nation’s healthcare system.
Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative – Transforming the financing and delivery of long-term supports and services for elderly and disabled persons.
Project on Nutrition and Wellness – Putting market forces to work to increase the demand for healthier foods.
Reentry Ready – Improving reentry success for the thousands of individuals returning from prison or jail.
U.S.-Pakistan Leaders Forum – Deepening cooperation and mutual respect between the U.S. and Pakistan.
Working Up: A Dialogue for Action to Increase Economic Mobility – Increasing economic mobility for low-income Americans.

To learn more about Convergence’s past and current projects, visit Our Projects page.