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Jun 22 2022

Press Release: 2022 Convergence Bridge-Building Leadership Award

john a. powell Receives Convergence Bridge-Building Leadership Award

Leading researcher and thinker about strengthening American pluralism john a. powell today received the 2022 Convergence Bridge-Building Leadership Award. Convergence Center for Policy Resolution (Convergence) — which works to build trust, bridge divides and identify solutions to critical issues and strengthen America’s democracy and society, grants the award to one leader each year who demonstrates exceptional bridge-building efforts across ideological and partisan lines and embodies the imperative to bring people together to solve problems.

Presenting the award at today’s Convergence Leadership Council Meeting, CEO David Eisner lauds powell, Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, for his storied expertise and leadership in a host of civil society issues of equity and inclusion, and especially for creating and advancing his breakthrough framework of “Targeted Universalism.” The Center’s primer, “Targeted Universalism: Policy & Practice,” offers a roadmap to design policies that can simultaneously meet critical universal needs of all people, while formulating equity-based solutions for groups that have been traditionally marginalized and excluded.

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Jun 21 2022

Press Release: Mariah Levison Joins Convergence as Chief Program Officer

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, the leading nonprofit that brings people with opposing viewpoints together to build trust, bridge divides, and identify solutions to critical issues and strengthen our democracy, announced today that Mariah Levison has been appointed as Chief Program Officer (CPO), a newly-created position on the organization’s executive team. Having led work in mediation, conflict management, and collaborative dialogue for two decades, Levison will focus on driving impact and expanding program offerings.

David Eisner, President and CEO of Convergence, said, “The position of CPO is essential for Convergence’s growth and our strategy to meet the extraordinary challenges of the moment. Mariah’s strong experience, her passion for building bridges and collaborative dialogue, and her depth of understanding of Convergence and our unique approach make her the right leader at the right time to grow our portfolio and prepare us to meet the challenges of toxic polarization and political dysfunction in solving our common issues.”

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Jun 10 2022

Press Release: Greg Campbell Joins Convergence Board

Convergence is pleased to announce that Greg Campbell has joined its Board of Directors. Campbell leverages both business and philanthropic systems to advance his passion for higher educational achievement and technology as well as of economic mobility, business ownership and other success pathways for women and people of color.

“Greg Campbell is an entrepreneur, angel investor, real estate developer, and nonprofit and community leader who has dedicated his career to building and investing in organizations that are disruptive, scalable, and noble in purpose,” said David Eisner, President and CEO of Convergence. “As Convergence and our partners continue to wrestle with America’s deep divisions and intractable issues, we are excited to tap Greg’s passion, his entrepreneurial and impact-driven mindset, and his wealth of experience in strengthening organizational effectiveness, impact and scale.”

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May 19 2022

Press Release: Convergence Dialogue on Pathways to Better Jobs Dialogue Set to Launch

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a nonprofit leader in bridging divides and finding collaborative solutions to intractable issues, announced the launch this month of a new project: the Convergence Dialogue on Pathways to Better Jobs (Pathways Dialogue), supported in part by Walmart and Fetzer Institute. The project will convene leaders across economic and ideological spectrums to discuss how to tackle challenges currently facing job seekers in a U.S. economy that has seen rapid transformation in recent years.

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May 12 2022

Common Ground Committee Podcast: Depolarizing America: Building Consensus Step-by-Step

“I was expecting a very hostile environment…What turned out was a very thoughtful open introspective discussion,” reflected Kelly Johnston on his first interaction with Convergence Founder Rob Fersh.

Listen as political opposites and longtime friends Rob Fersh and Kelly Johnston discuss bridge-building and why this work is so urgently needed in an era of political gridlock. .

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This podcast was co-produced in partnership with Convergence Center for Policy Resolution and is one of a series of podcasts that Common Ground Committee and Convergence are producing together.

May 6 2022

Tribute to Rob Stein

On May 2, we lost an unsung hero of the effort to create and successfully sustain Convergence. There might not even be a Convergence today but for all the help and guidance Rob Stein provided for almost a quarter century to incubate and build the mature organization we have today.

Rob Stein was deeply beloved and respected by nearly everyone who met him, no matter their political or other identities. He had a long career in non-profit and for-profit leadership, government service, and politics. He helped to stand up multiple organizations and may be best known as the founder and first CEO of the Democracy Alliance. In his NYT obituary, you can read more about his many contributions, and in particular, his lasting work at Democracy Alliance.

Read the full tribute from Convergence’s Founder Rob Fersh.

Apr 21 2022

Press Release: Convergence to Participate in “Bridging Across Generations” Event During National Week of Conversation

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a nonprofit leader in bridging divides and finding collaborative solutions to intractable issues, today announced it will co-host a discussion on how generational divides relate to the current state of polarization in U.S. politics. The event takes place during the fifth annual “National Week of Conversation,” which is powered by the #ListenFirst Coalition of 400+ organizations, America Talks Co-creators and bridge building community allies. Panelists leading the “Bridging Across Generations” discussion include Convergence Chief Executive Officer David Eisner; Marc Freedman, President, CEO and Founder of Encore.org; Manu Meel, CEO of BridgeUSA; and Layla Zaidane, President and CEO of Millennial Action Project.

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