Converge is a values-based consulting firm that supports community organizations, non-profits, philanthropic institutions, and government entities.
Before launching Converge as a Founder and Principal, Takema Robinson was the Principal and Founder of Momentum for Progress, a movement support organization that worked with social justice-oriented foundations and corporations and their nonprofit partners committed to progressive systems change. Takema previously served as the Senior Program Associate for Education and Community Change at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Takema is a Senior Fellow at the Community Democracy Workshop. Takema earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and African American Studies from Howard University in Washington, DC and pursued post-graduate studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In 2004, Takema was awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs. She is the proud mama to two boys.
Hamilton Simons-Jones has spent the last two decades working to ensure every child enters adulthood empowered to create and fulfill her dreams and make a contribution to her community. He founded the Verbena Group in 2007 to marshal resources and expertise to rebuild Gulf Coast communities and the organizations that support them. He has taught non-profit capacity building courses to practitioners from across the country through the UCLA Extension School. He has a BA in Political Science from Tulane University and a Master’s of Science in Urban Studies from the University of New Orleans College of Urban and Public Affairs. Hamilton’s recent research has focused on ownership and civic engagement in public education in New Orleans, as well as the current state of youth services and social entrepreneurship in New Orleans post-Katrina. He has called New Orleans home since 1997.