Our Team

The Convergence staff is made up of the following individuals (Click on each person’s name to see their bio):

 

David Eisner

David Eisner serves as President and CEO of Convergence and possesses a strong passion for problem-solving through community-building, coalition work and civic engagement that bridge differences. He joined Convergence in 2020 with three decades of experience as a senior executive in the business, government, and nonprofit arenas. He amassed a record of success expanding scale and impact through entrepreneurial and innovative strategies that hinge on organizational learning, leveraging technology and building strong communities of support.

As the Senate-confirmed former CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service nominated by George W. Bush in 2002, Eisner righted the federal agency in the aftermath of a financial management crisis. Later, he oversaw the successful AmeriCorps response to Hurricane Katrina, expanded bipartisan Congressional support for national service and grew AmeriCorps by 50%. Leaving the Administration after the election, David chaired All for Good, building the nonprofit, open-source platform that animated President Obama’s signature service initiative, Serve.gov.

In 2009, David was appointed by former President Clinton, then Chair of the National Constitution Center, to be CEO of that civic venue and museum in Philadelphia. Most recently, for more than six years, David served as President and CEO of Repair the World, the largest Jewish service organization, mobilizing tens of thousands of young adults in meeting urgent needs in communities.

David began his career as a press secretary on Capitol Hill. In the 1990’s, he served as Vice President of Communications at America Online and then AOL Time Warner, where he led several government-industry coalitions, headed the staff of the AOL Foundation and founded NetworkforGood.org, among other initiatives that built the first Internet communities around policy, technology and philanthropy issues.

David has degrees from Stanford and Georgetown Law School. He has served on boards for many nonprofit organizations, including Independent Sector, National 4-H Council, Public Allies, Points of Light, and the One America Movement.

David and his wife Lori have four children ages 17-23.

You can contact David via email at david@convergencepolicy.org

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Robert Fersh

Rob Fersh is the Founder/Senior Advisor of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 to promote consensus solutions to issues of domestic and international importance. Immediately prior, Rob served as the United States country director for Search for Common Ground, an international conflict resolution organization. While at SFCG, he directed national policy consensus projects on health care coverage for the uninsured and U.S.-Muslim relations.

In the 1986-98 period, Rob served as president of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a leading NGO working to alleviate hunger in the United States. Rob also served on the staffs of three Congressional committees, working for U.S. Representative Leon Panetta and for Senators Patrick Leahy and Edmund Muskie. While a Congressional staff member and at FRAC, he was deeply involved in shepherding passage of bipartisan legislation to reduce hunger in the United States.

Rob has held additional positions in the federal executive branch and non-profit sector. He was a 1994 recipient of the Prudential Foundation Prize for Non-Profit Leadership. Rob holds a law degree from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, where he has served as a guest lecturer and co-instructor of a course on collaborative decision making and public policy. He is married, has four children, and three grandchildren.

Media Highlights

Our Voices Matter: Lorelle Media 
Finding Common Ground in the Belly of the Beast The Peace Building Podcast

Articles
Convergence’s Values and Approach

You can contact Rob via email at rob@convergencepolicy.org

Amanda Broun

Amanda Broun joined Convergence Center for Policy Resolution in 2017 as Executive Vice President.

Prior to joining Convergence, Amanda was Vice President of Programs and Practice at Independent Sector (IS), a national membership organization of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs. There, she led efforts to strengthen leadership, accountability, and effectiveness in nonprofit organizations of all sizes and missions.

Prior to IS, Amanda was Senior Vice President at Public Education Network (PEN), a network of community-based nonprofit advocacy organizations seeking to improve public education in high poverty school districts across the country. There, she led and supported efforts to broaden the focus of PEN members from school-based programs to influencing school district policy and public engagement in support of disadvantaged students.

Prior to joining PEN, Amanda served as Chief Education Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources where she worked on federal legislation addressing the needs of students who were from low-income families, English language learners, homeless, at-risk of dropping out of school, or disabled, as well as initiatives to support teachers, early childhood education, and technology-based learning.

Amanda received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is currently on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies where she teaches in the nonprofit management program.

You can contact Amanda via email at amanda@convergencepolicy.org

Dusie Cassata

Dusie is Chief Operating Officer at Convergence. Over the past ten years with Convergence, Dusie has managed operations, fundraising, human resources, and finance functions and contributed to communications, strategic planning, program development, and evaluation.

Dusie joined Convergence in 2010 as a fellow on Convergence’s U.S.-Pakistan relations project, called the U.S.-Pakistan Leaders Forum. For five years, she organized the convening of diverse American and Pakistani leaders to discuss common challenges and shared opportunities. These efforts produced tangible results – dozens of partnerships launched, connecting students, teachers, business executives, media, cultural and religious leaders, policymakers, and many more. At the same time, Convergence was growing from a startup to a mature non-profit, building a track record of successful dialogue-to-action on multiple issues of public concern. Dusie helped build the organizational capacity to advance Convergence’s projects.

Prior to Convergence, Dusie interned on Capitol Hill, taught French at St. Albans School in Washington, DC, taught English in the suburbs of Paris, and served as a junior policy officer at 4Children, a British children’s charity. Dusie holds an MA in human rights from University College London’s School of Public Policy and a BA from Brown University in international relations and French civilization.

You can contact Dusie via email at dusie@convergencepolicy.org

Mariah Levison

Mariah serves as the Chief Program Officer for Convergence. Mariah uses a deep understanding of human relations to build trust and relationships across differences which lead to consensus-based solutions to complex and contentious issues. Her work in consensus building includes assessment, design, facilitation, mediation, collaborative processes, dialogue, public engagement best practices, restorative justice, and program development. Additionally, Mariah has been teaching these skills for twenty years in settings ranging from community trainings to trainings for foreign governments to teaching the mediation clinic at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Prior to joining Convergence, Mariah helped to create and ran the Minnesota State Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution. In that position Mariah used a collaborative problem-solving process very similar to the one used by Convergence to build consensus on state, tribal, and local issues; built the capacity of government to work well across difference; and facilitated the Minnesota Legislative Civility Caucus. Before joining the State of Minnesota, Mariah worked for nonprofit dispute resolution centers in Chicago, New York, and Minneapolis.

Mariah has a Masters in International Affairs with a focus in conflict management from Washington University in St. Louis.

When she isn’t working, Mariah can be found biking, cross country skiing or reading books with her two young sons and husband in Minneapolis.

You can contact Mariah via email at mariah@convergencepolicy.org

Anjali Singh Code

With over fifteen years of experience, Anjali is a seasoned business development and communications professional who has spent her career working on behalf of children, women, and families throughout the world. Anjali has overseen high-level integrated fundraising and communications campaigns to successfully build and mobilize audiences, raise funds, and drive engagement. 

Prior to joining Convergence, Anjali worked for Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad’s organization, Nadia’s Initiative, where she oversaw business development and communications for the organization in an effort to inform, educate, and activate the international community to support survivors of sexual violence and genocide. Previously, she worked as Deputy Director for the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign where she led fundraising and communications initiatives that resulted in dynamic partnerships with celebrities, corporate partners, and grassroots donors aimed to inspire and spur meaningful action to end malaria, one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases. Prior to that, she worked in the Bloomberg Administration where she managed the communications, policy, and stakeholder engagement for the City’s early education, juvenile justice, and child welfare portfolio.

She received her Master’s in Public Administration from New York University and B.A. from American University.

You can contact Anjali via email at anjali@convergencepolicy.org

Anita Chandramohan

Anita is the Director of the Convergence Dialogue on Pathways to Better Jobs. Prior to joining Convergence, Anita oversaw Economic Empowerment, Digital Equity, and Program Evaluation initiatives at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Seattle, WA. She brings significant expertise in developing career, education, and digital access programming through her work at IRC, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), and Cornell University. She has worked extensively in international and domestic settings to strengthen economic and financial empowerment for underserved communities and populations. Anita holds undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Irvine, and a graduate degree from the Middlebury Institute.

You can contact Anita via email at anita@convergencepolicy.org.

Caroline Chang

Caroline is the Director for the Convergence initiative on Civil Service Reform. She brings over twenty years of management experience in federal government and the nonprofit sector, as well as expertise in policy research, strategic planning, polling, and building programs.

Prior to Convergence, Caroline served as Vice President of Research and Policy Analysis for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, where she interviewed university leaders and convened round table discussions with higher education policy and research stakeholders on topics related to quality and accountability in postsecondary education.

Previously, Caroline set up a DC office for the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative, where she connected policy-relevant faculty research to policymakers through issue briefs, meetings and seminars, and also introduced students to public service internships and jobs. At the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, she launched Call to Serve, a national network of colleges and universities and federal agency recruitment professionals, to strengthen talent pipelines. In addition to creating outreach materials, trainings and webinars, Caroline led the Partnership’s research on federal internships and student loan debt as a barrier to entry to public service, and served on a special cross-government taskforce to develop recommendations on entry level recruitment and hiring.

Inspired by her favorite civil servant – her father – Caroline first entered federal government as a graduate intern for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, then served as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education, where she completed details in the Senate and White House, and later re-joined as a chief of staff and advisor to the Chief Human Capitol Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Caroline earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in public policy from Princeton University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

You can contact Caroline via email at caroline@convergencepolicy.org

Alex Chugunova Frazier

Alex Chugunova Frazier joined Convergence in August of 2021. She graduated with a master’s degree in Linguistics, Language and Communication from Georgetown University and holds a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University. In her graduate program, she focused on discourse analysis in digital media and in in-person interactions. Alex has studied abroad and taken courses from a variety of institutions in the US, exposing her to multiple perspectives and cultures.

She previously worked for Georgetown University’s Learning, Design, and Technology graduate program as a Technology and Media Graduate Associate. There, she concentrated on creating a fluid and agency-focused experience for students with tech tools, strategized marketing and recruitment efforts, and also, assisted with various program initiatives. With her experience working and studying with a broad group of individuals, Alex brings a passion for intercultural communication, technology, and online interactions as tools to assess divisions and unite individuals. In her spare time, Alex enjoys gardening, reading, and playing tennis.

You can contact Alex via email at alex@convergencepolicy.org

Jane DelGiorno

Jane DelGiorno joins Convergence as Senior Manager, Communications with more than 14 years of strategic communications and marketing experience.

Jane began her public relations career in Boston where she led media relations, investor relations, thought leadership, and strategic and crisis communications efforts on behalf of clients in the financial, healthcare, and nonprofit sectors, as well as several Fortune 500 technology companies.

After a move to Ohio, Jane oversaw traditional and social media activity for financial and non-profit clients in Cincinnati, including the City of Cincinnati Streetcar Project and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati. She later served as Marketing Communications Manager at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and the National Center for Medical Readiness in Dayton, where she was responsible for advising senior leadership and department heads on marketing initiatives, managing website and social media content, and writing copy for the medical school’s publications.

Jane and her family then spent several years overseas, living in Turkey and Japan, before relocating to Hawaii, where she had the opportunity to manage media relations, social media, and marketing communications initiatives for an array of island owned and operated organizations, including Child and Family Service, First Hawaiian Bank, and Pono Pacific.

After 10+ years of following her husband’s service with the Air Force around the globe, Jane and her family planted roots in the Washington, D.C. area. There, she served as Vice President, External Affairs for American Corporate Partners (ACP), a nationwide organization that provides veterans and military spouses with corporate mentors.

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Jane currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, two young daughters, and two rescue dogs. She is an avid traveler and enjoys water sports, hiking, snowboarding, soccer, running, and photography. Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and public relations from Boston University.

You can contact Jane via email at jane@convergencepolicy.org

Dylan Fabris

Dylan Fabris is the Program Associate for the Convergence Dialogue on Digital Discourse For A Thriving Democracy And Resilient Communities. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied methods of reducing disinformation without infringing on human rights. Based in San Francisco, he loves exploring the city, relaxing in Golden Gate Park, or hopping on the N-Judah train to spend a day at the beach. Outside of work, Dylan is passionate about social justice issues, including racial justice, transit justice, and economic inequality.

You can contact Dylan via email at dylan@convergencepolicy.org

Monika Glowacki

Monika is the Director of the initiative on Digital Discourse For A Thriving Democracy And Resilient Communitiesn at Convergence, where she will bring together people across differences to explore the root causes of problems with online information and media systems, and pathways towards a more equitable vision for the future of the internet.

Monika has worked in research and analysis exploring the intersection of technology, people, politics and power. She is interested in critical analysis of the impact of technology on our lives, societies and economies, as well as how technology can be reimagined to serve the public interest and our wellbeing.

Monika received her masters from the University of Oxford and her bachelors from Harvard University, both in the social sciences. She has previously worked at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the Oxford Internet Institute in the United Kingdom and the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Originally from New York, Monika is passionate about social justice, especially abolitionist and climate justice organizing. She enjoys playing volleyball, swimming and cross-country skiing, reading about politics and history, cooking vegan dishes and learning new languages.

You can contact Monika via email at monika@convergencepolicy.org

Jag Griffiths

Jag is the Executive Assistant to the President and Executive Vice-President of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from Marymount University. Prior to joining Convergence, Jag spent a few years as a program assistant at the World Bank, supporting education projects in the Latin America & Caribbean region. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, writing, reading and spending time with his two dogs.

You can contact Jag via email at jag@convergencepolicy.org

Mariah Harding

Mariah Harding serves as the Senior Associate of Civil Service and Policy Affairs at Convergence.

Mariah has dedicated her career to relationship and bridge-building in a bipartisan capacity. She developed a passion for civil service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco where she served as a Youth Asset Builder in Tameslohte, Marrakech, working collaboratively with local youth leaders to create sustainable, locally taught, women’s health and education programs.

Mariah utilized and grew her expertise in bridge-building as the Nonpartisan Clerk of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress at the U.S. House of Representatives. She collaborated with a small team to stand up the Select Committee and create a safe, collaborative space for Members of Congress to unanimously pass 97 bipartisan recommendations for modernizing the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress.

Before joining Convergence, Mariah served as the Bipartisan Clerk for the House Committee on Homeland Security, where she led a team of clerks that served the full committee and 6 subcommittees.

Originally from Gardner, Massachusetts, Mariah earned her bachelor’s degree from Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts. Mariah has settled in Washington, D.C. where she resides with her partner and two cats.

You can contact Mariah via email at mharding@convergencepolicy.org

Caryn Hederman

Caryn Hederman is an Ohio-based consultant on health care policy, emphasizing public and private health care financing, and a lawyer admitted in Ohio, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Caryn directed several past Convergence efforts, including the Health Reform Roundtable, Future of Health, and the Long Term Care Financing Collaborative, in Washington, D.C. In each of these dialogue-to-action initiatives, she convened national experts and stakeholders from diverse ideological and philosophical perspectives to identify shared goals, create policy paths toward a vision, and identify and advocate issues for future research and collaboration. Ideas and recommendations from these efforts continue to frame policy for thought leaders and members of Congress.

Caryn served from 2006 through 2013 as an independent consultant to The Heritage Foundation, where she managed state-based health policy efforts.

She serves on organizational boards of directors, including the U.S. Friends of World Maritime University and Nfluence Analytics. She previously served on the boards of directors of nonprofit health organizations, including Ohio’s nonprofit mutual health insurer, InHealth Mutual, and the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia, which was established under Virginia law to plan for development of health care facilities and services.

Prior to consulting, Caryn practiced with a top law and lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., where she provided legal counsel, regulatory representation, Congressional advocacy and strategic planning for a broad range of health care providers and insurers, biodefense and nanotechnology companies. She is actively licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio, and is inactive and in good standing in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

She previously worked in science and technology transfer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Ms. Hederman serves as the President of the U.S. Friends of World Maritime University, Inc., which supports the maritime education and training initiatives of the U.N.-founded World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden.

Originally from Spokane, Washington, Caryn earned her Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree from The University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

You can contact Caryn via email at caryn@convergencepolicy.org

Isabel Hinestrosa

Isabel Hinestrosa is the Senior Associate of the Convergence Dialogue on Reimagining Care for Older Adults. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. Isabel’s passion for all things health-related led her to work at the American Society for Microbiology and at the National Breast Cancer Coalition prior to joining Convergence. In her spare time, Isabel enjoys traveling to visit her family and spending time with her dog, Amy.

You can contact Isabel via email at isabel@convergencepolicy.org

Tasia Karoutsos

With a decade of digital marketing and online community management experience, Tasia joins our team as the Digital Content Manager.

Looking to make the world a little better, she joined the nonprofit sector in 2018 as the Digital Manager at CURE Epilepsy. Tasia was instrumental in building their online community of people with epilepsy, parents, caregivers, neuroscientists, and clinicians through digital outreach and content marketing. In 2020, she joined the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), connecting low-income residents to critically needed services and uplifting the promise of Community Action.

Tasia started her career in the video game industry, working with the ZeniMax Online Studios and Bethesda Softworks teams as a Social Analyst to support the launches of The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: New Order, and The Evil Within. In her role, she learned about the delicate art of online moderation and community building among individuals with strong differences of opinion.

Originally from Ohio, Tasia has worked and lived across the country, from Baltimore to Santa Fe. In 2011, she graduated from Goucher College with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies. She lives in Chicago with her partner, child, niece, and cat.

You can contact Isabel via email at tasia@convergencepolicy.org

Russell Krumnow

Russell Krumnow is the Vice President of Programs. He comes to Convergence with more than a decade of experience in strategy, advocacy, coalition-building and communications focused on advancing issues like economic opportunity, education, and civic engagement. Previously, he helped build and lead Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan campaign focused on closing the opportunity divide in America. As the campaign’s Managing Director, he led strategy development, engaged a network of hundreds of coalition partners, worked on successful policy advocacy efforts, served as a spokesperson to many media outlets, and regularly presented the Opportunity Index to diverse audiences as a tool to drive positive change in communities.

Prior to joining Opportunity Nation, Russell designed professional and leadership development programs with a consulting firm. Additionally, with the non-profit Partnership for Public Service, he built a national outreach campaign aimed at inspiring college students to seek out public service careers. Before that, he planned and implemented student civic education programs serving thousands of students annually with the National Young Leaders Conference and wrote curriculum for a voter education effort during the 2008 presidential campaign. He has organized on state and national political campaigns.

Russell is a graduate of Baylor University and earned a Master of Arts in political science at the University of Mississippi.

You can contact Russell via email at russell@convergencepolicy.org

Crystal LaMothe

Crystal LaMothe is the Associate Director for Human Resources at Convergence.

You can contact Crystal via email at crystal@convergencepolicy.org

Emma Leyland

Emma Leyland is the Associate for Operations and Projects at Convergence.

You can contact Emma via email at emma@convergencepolicy.org

Meg Little Reilly

Bio Coming Soon…

You can contact Meg via email at meg@convergencepolicy.org

Erica Loken

Erica Loken is a Senior Programs Associate at Convergence. She began her time at Convergence as an intern on the Re-entry Ready Dialogue and advanced into roles as an assistant and associate working on the Convergence Dialogue on Guns and Suicide Prevention. Prior to joining Convergence, she worked on criminal justice issues at a New York based non-profit. Erica is passionate about social justice issues, including criminal justice and women’s rights. Erica holds an undergraduate degree from DePaul University and a graduate degree from The American University School of Public Affairs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, teaching herself new skills, and exploring D.C.

You can contact Erica via email at eloken@convergencepolicy.org

Beth Miller

Bio Coming Soon…

You can contact Beth via email at beth@convergencepolicy.org

Beatriz Portillo

Beatriz is the Associate for Development at Convergence. She plays a critical role in maintaining the operations of the Development team by serving as their Salesforce Administrator, supporting logistics and prospect research for fundraising opportunities. Prior to joining Convergence, Beatriz worked with Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, which is the largest, Girl Scout council in the nation serving girls in the Greater Washington Region. While at GSCNC, Beatriz served as their Revenue Operations Specialist both in their Finance division and Development team managing their donor database and finances.

After a few sabbatical years, Beatriz is currently finishing her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Pennsylvania State University. While at PSU she has obtained an undergraduate certificate in Diverse Studies and has been employed part-time with their Student Affairs Department as a mentor for new students. She will complete her undergraduate degree in the Fall of 2022.

In her free time, Beatriz likes to travel and explore new places, so much so, that she and her significant other bought a school bus during the pandemic and are converting it into a mobile home on wheels. They plan to have it finished and begin traveling at the start of 2023.

You can contact Beatriz via email at beatriz@convergencepolicy.org

Kiana Snekcim-Shields

Kiana is the Senior Development Associate at Convergence. She studied at Virginia Commonwealth University where she obtained Bachelor’s Degrees in International Studies and Spanish Language, as well as a Translation/Interpretation Certificate. As an undergraduate she was an active member of the community, mentoring children and teaching English classes to non-native speakers.

Kiana has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with an interest in community building and policy areas such as foreign affairs, environment and education. She joined Americorps, serving as an outdoor educator to children in Richmond City Public Schools, and later went on to become a conflict resolution intern with a local Richmond nonprofit. Prior to working at Convergence, Kiana worked as a paralegal in multiple practice areas including immigration, criminal, traffic, and personal injury law.

In her free time, Kiana likes to dance, learn new languages, travel and try new cuisines. She also enjoys cuddles with her pet bunny, Prince.

You can contact Kiana via email at kiana@convergencepolicy.org