Convergence Center For Policy Resolution

Who We Are

For more than a dozen years, Convergence has pioneered a distinctive approach to collaborative problem-solving across divides to help solve seemingly intractable challenges at the intersection of national politics and policy. We convene leaders in their fields representing wildly divergent views with a consistent record of success in building trust, forging consensus, and driving meaningful change. In recognition of this impactful work, Convergence received a transformational $4 million grant from MacKenzie Scott in 2021, which has allowed for expanded ambition, impact and leadership in the bridgebuilding field. Convergence’s success offers a beacon of hope for the majority of Americans frustrated by divisiveness and toxic polarization. Our work demonstrates that change is possible under the right conditions, and that we can affect lasting, consistent changes that improve people’s lives when we come together to recognize our common humanity.

Board of Directors
Staff
Leadership Council
Founder’s Circle

Board Of Directors

The Convergence Board of Directors brings an extraordinary breadth of experience, energy, and resources to our work,
helping to guide the long-term vision for the organization with wisdom and compassion.
Stuart Butler is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC...
Stuart Butler is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC...
Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce...
Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce...
Gregory A. Campbell Greg Campbell is President & CEO of Rainmaker, Inc. (www.rainmaker-inc.com), a strategic investment and advisory firm...
Gregory A. Campbell Greg Campbell is President & CEO of Rainmaker, Inc. (www.rainmaker-inc.com), a strategic investment and advisory firm...
Lisa Davis serves as Senior Director of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign...
Lisa Davis serves as Senior Director of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign...
David Eisner serves as President and CEO of Convergence and possesses a strong passion for problem-solving through community-building, coalition work...
David Eisner serves as President and CEO of Convergence and possesses a strong passion for problem-solving through community-building, coalition work...
Rob Fersh is the Founder/Senior Advisor of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 to promote...
Rob Fersh is the Founder/Senior Advisor of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 to promote...
Peter Goldstone currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of Government Executive Media Group (GMEG)...
Peter Goldstone currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of Government Executive Media Group (GMEG)...
Linda Lorelle is an Emmy Award winning anchor whose reports have not only touched lives, but saved them, as well...
Linda Lorelle is an Emmy Award winning anchor whose reports have not only touched lives, but saved them, as well...
Manu Meel is passionate about empowering and elevating young people to move beyond polarization...
Manu Meel is passionate about empowering and elevating young people to move beyond polarization...
Nonprofit fundraising professional Leah Ray has successfully built sustainable revenue and high-performing development teams for large local and national organizations...
Nonprofit fundraising professional Leah Ray has successfully built sustainable revenue and high-performing development teams for large local and national organizations...
Herman “Art” Taylor is president and chief executive officer of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance – give.org...
Herman “Art” Taylor is president and chief executive officer of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance – give.org...

Staff

The Convergence staff are experts from a range of fields, backgrounds, and geographies.

Chief Operating Officer

Dusie is Chief Operating Officer at Convergence. Over the past ten years with Convergence
Dusie is Chief Operating Officer at Convergence. Over the past ten years with Convergence...

Chief Advancement Officer

With over fifteen years of experience, Anjali is a seasoned business development and communications professional who has spent her career
With over fifteen years of experience, Anjali is a seasoned business development and communications professional who has spent her career...

Director, Convergence Dialogue on Pathways to Better Jobs

Anita is the Director of the Convergence Dialogue on Pathways to Better Jobs. Prior to joining Convergence
Anita is the Director of the Convergence Dialogue on Pathways to Better Jobs. Prior to joining Convergence...

Director, Civil Service and Policy Affairs

Caroline is the Director of Civil Service and Policy Affairs. She brings over twenty years of management experience in federal government and the nonprofit sector
Caroline is the Director of Civil Service and Policy Affairs. She brings over twenty years of management experience in federal...

Senior Manager, Communications

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

President and CEO

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
David Eisner serves as President and CEO of Convergence and possesses a strong passion for problem-solving through community-building, coalition work...

Associate, Digital Discourse for a Thriving Democracy and Resilient Communities

Dylan Fabris is the Program Associate for the Convergence Collaborative on Digital Discourse For A Thriving Democracy And Resilient Communities.
Dylan Fabris is the Program Associate for the Convergence Collaborative on Digital Discourse For A Thriving Democracy And Resilient Communities....

Founder/Senior Advisor

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
Rob Fersh is the Founder/Senior Advisor of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 to promote...

Director, Convergence Collaborative on Digital Discourse for a Thriving Democracy and Resilient Communities

Monika is the Director of the initiative on Digital Discourse For A Thriving Democracy And Resilient Communities at Convergence
Monika is the Director of the initiative on Digital Discourse For A Thriving Democracy And Resilient Communities at Convergence...

Executive Assistant

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.
Jag is the Executive Assistant to the President and Executive Vice-President of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. He graduated with...

Senior Associate, Civil Service and Policy Affairs

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

Director, Convergence Dialogue on Reimagining Care for Older Adults

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 Hederman is an Ohio-based consultant on health care policy, emphasizing public and private health care financing, and a lawyer...

Manager, Convergence Collaborative on Supports for Working Families

Isabel Hinestrosa is the Manager of the Convergence Collaborative on Supports for Working Families
Isabel Hinestrosa is the Manager of the Convergence Collaborative on Supports for Working Families...

Digital Manager, Communications

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

Vice President, Programs

Russell Krumnow is the Vice President of Programs. He comes to Convergence with more than a decade of experience
Russell Krumnow is the Vice President of Programs. He comes to Convergence with more than a decade of experience...

Senior Associate, Programs

Erica Loken is a Senior Programs Associate at Convergence. She began her time at Convergence
Erica Loken is a Senior Programs Associate at Convergence. She began her time at Convergence...

Associate, Development

Beatriz is the Associate for Development at Convergence. She plays a critical role in maintaining the operations of the Development team
Beatriz is the Associate for Development at Convergence. She plays a critical role in maintaining the operations of the Development...

Special Assistant to the CEO

Hannah is passionate about relationship-building and bringing her background in psychology to inform the operations, program management...
Hannah is passionate about relationship-building and bringing her background in psychology to inform the operations, program management......

We’re hiring! To learn more about employment opportunities with Convergence, check our Careers page.

Leadership Council

Convergence’s Leadership Council is an advisory body consisting of a diverse group of professionals from the fields of policy, business, mediation, nonprofits, and more. The group meets several times a year to inform Convergence’s work and infuse invaluable perspectives into all we do.

Sami Ahmad is CFO of Trecora Resources, a NYSE-listed (TREC) leading specialty petrochemicals company based in Houston, Texas ...
Sami Ahmad is CFO of Trecora Resources, a NYSE-listed (TREC) leading specialty petrochemicals company based in Houston, Texas ...
Bill Belding is a professorial lecturer at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C...
Bill Belding is a professorial lecturer at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C...
Rick Callahan is presently the Owner of R R Callahan Co, which develops, owns and manages rental property in Chicago...
Rick Callahan is presently the Owner of R R Callahan Co, which develops, owns and manages rental property in Chicago...
Claudia Carasso is a communications management consultant, creative director and marketing leader with more than 20 years’ experience...
Claudia Carasso is a communications management consultant, creative director and marketing leader with more than 20 years’ experience...
In September 2007, the Rev. Robert Chase was called to be the Founding Director of Intersections...
In September 2007, the Rev. Robert Chase was called to be the Founding Director of Intersections...
Toni is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the iBuildBridges Foundation, a non-profit organization...
Toni is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the iBuildBridges Foundation, a non-profit organization...
Maggie Dunne is President and Founder of Lakota Children’s Enrichment, Inc. (LCE), a nonprofit...
Maggie Dunne is President and Founder of Lakota Children’s Enrichment, Inc. (LCE), a nonprofit...
For over forty years Tom has been a teacher, coach and program developer in cooperative problem-solving...
For over forty years Tom has been a teacher, coach and program developer in cooperative problem-solving...
In 2017, Shawn Dunning resigned as the COO of the organizational and leadership development company, Adventure Associates, Inc. to...
In 2017, Shawn Dunning resigned as the COO of the organizational and leadership development company, Adventure Associates, Inc. to...
Bruce Edwards was an industry pioneer in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Since 1986 he has mediated...
Bruce Edwards was an industry pioneer in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Since 1986 he has mediated...
Susan is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Edwards Mediation Academy, including production of...
Susan is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Edwards Mediation Academy, including production of...
David Fairman is Managing Director of the Consensus Building Institute and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program...
David Fairman is Managing Director of the Consensus Building Institute and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program...
Rachel Fersh is an attorney and freelance consultant in the D.C. area, working with a variety of clients...
Rachel Fersh is an attorney and freelance consultant in the D.C. area, working with a variety of clients...
Lance is a partner at Waterman Steele Real Estate Advisors, a Houston-based advisory and consulting firm providing...
Lance is a partner at Waterman Steele Real Estate Advisors, a Houston-based advisory and consulting firm providing...
Simon founded The Glinsky Group, Management Consultants over 25 years ago to lead clients through...
Simon founded The Glinsky Group, Management Consultants over 25 years ago to lead clients through...
Tom Hadlock is a Senior Advertising/Marketing executive working at well recognized Madison Ave agencies for many years...
Tom Hadlock is a Senior Advertising/Marketing executive working at well recognized Madison Ave agencies for many years...
Christopher Hayes has 25 years of experience in market entry, communications, quantitative research, cross-cultural training and coaching ...
Christopher Hayes has 25 years of experience in market entry, communications, quantitative research, cross-cultural training and coaching ...
Marvin Johnson is a nationally recognized mediator, arbitrator, and trainer with more than 27 years of dispute resolution experience...
Marvin Johnson is a nationally recognized mediator, arbitrator, and trainer with more than 27 years of dispute resolution experience...
Kimberly has twenty years of Fortune 500 tax experience in the areas of tax reporting, audit negotiations, regulatory proceedings...
Kimberly has twenty years of Fortune 500 tax experience in the areas of tax reporting, audit negotiations, regulatory proceedings...
Alan W. Jones was the Dean of the Episcopalian Grace Cathedral in San Francisco from 1985 until January, 2009...
Alan W. Jones was the Dean of the Episcopalian Grace Cathedral in San Francisco from 1985 until January, 2009...
David Katz leads Quid’s efforts with the government and political sector, working with a variety of entities...
David Katz leads Quid’s efforts with the government and political sector, working with a variety of entities...
Steve Kayman is a New York-based Partner in Proskauer’s Litigation Department. Steve focuses on...
Steve Kayman is a New York-based Partner in Proskauer’s Litigation Department. Steve focuses on...
Maja Kristin’s lifework underscores a passion for bridging differences, engaging in creative problem solving, and inspiring philanthropy to...
Maja Kristin’s lifework underscores a passion for bridging differences, engaging in creative problem solving, and inspiring philanthropy to...
Dr. Richard Land is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, a non-denominational seminary based in Charlotte, NC...
Dr. Richard Land is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, a non-denominational seminary based in Charlotte, NC...
Gay Legg is the Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning at Ashton Design...
Gay Legg is the Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning at Ashton Design...
John Lindsay is currently the Executive for Corporate Partnerships at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School...
John Lindsay is currently the Executive for Corporate Partnerships at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School...
David B. Lipsky is the Anne Evans Estabrook Professor of Dispute Resolution in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations...
David B. Lipsky is the Anne Evans Estabrook Professor of Dispute Resolution in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations...
Brad McMillan was named the inaugural executive director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service...
Brad McMillan was named the inaugural executive director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service...
Adam is a consultant, coach, facilitator and trainer specializing in relationship management, negotiation, dialogue & effective communication and leadership development...
Adam is a consultant, coach, facilitator and trainer specializing in relationship management, negotiation, dialogue & effective communication and leadership development...
Matt Owens has served at AAU since April 2002. As Executive Vice President and Vice President for Federal Relations...
Matt Owens has served at AAU since April 2002. As Executive Vice President and Vice President for Federal Relations...
Dennis Passis is currently a mediator facilitating the resolution of commercial disputes and conflicts...
Dennis Passis is currently a mediator facilitating the resolution of commercial disputes and conflicts...
Perry J. Pockros is a Certified Professional FacilitatorTM and the founder and principal of Facilis LLC...
Perry J. Pockros is a Certified Professional FacilitatorTM and the founder and principal of Facilis LLC...
Ron Pollack served for 34 years as the Founding Executive Director (and is now Chair Emeritus) of Families USA...
Ron Pollack served for 34 years as the Founding Executive Director (and is now Chair Emeritus) of Families USA...
John Steiner is a networker, meshweaver, catalyst, tranpsartisan activist and creative consultant, often with his wife and partner, Margo King...
John Steiner is a networker, meshweaver, catalyst, tranpsartisan activist and creative consultant, often with his wife and partner, Margo King...
William Ury is co-founder of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he directs the Global Negotiation Project...
William Ury is co-founder of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he directs the Global Negotiation Project...
Union Theological Seminary President Serene Jones announced the appointment of Rita L. Walters as Vice President of Development...
Union Theological Seminary President Serene Jones announced the appointment of Rita L. Walters as Vice President of Development...
Allen Waxman serves as General Counsel of Roivant Sciences Inc, and innovative health care company...
Allen Waxman serves as General Counsel of Roivant Sciences Inc, and innovative health care company...
Mark Zitter is founder and chair of the Zetema Project, a diverse panel of national healthcare leaders...
Mark Zitter is founder and chair of the Zetema Project, a diverse panel of national healthcare leaders...

Founder’s Circle

The Founder’s Circle is an enduring testament to founder Rob Fersh’s pioneering leadership from the beginning. Through the counsel,
networks, and financial support of its members, the group provides a creative long-term vision for the organization.

Rich Alper
Neil Bradley
Michael Friedland
Tom Higbie
Steve Kayman
Rich Korn
Paulette Meyer
Howard Rossman
Riaz Siddiqi
Jeff Weissglass

Hal Belodoff
Rob Fersh (honorary)
David Friedman
John Jacob
Howard Konar
Dave Lipsky
Jean Molino
Tim Schantz
Richard Slifka
Mark Zitter

If you are interested in learning more about the Founder’s Circle, please contact us here.

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