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Hamilton Simons-Jones

Principal

Hamilton Simons-Jones is a Principal and co-founder at Converge whose work focuses on youth leadership, educational equity, and community engagement. Hamilton brings more than 20 years of experience working to ensure every child knows her power to create social change. He helped found the following organizations: City Year New Orleans, Operation REACH, Rethink, the Tulane University Center for Public Service, VAYLA. Hamilton and his wife Annette founded the Verbena Group in 2007 to marshal resources for Gulf Coast communities recovering from the impacts of Hurricane Katrina and decades of disinvestment. The Verbena Group merged with Momentum for Progress to create Converge in 2016.

Hamilton is currently the network lead for the New Orleans Youth Program Quality Initiative and spearheads the development and implementation of the New Orleans Campaign for Grade Level Reading. He facilitates the Greater New Orleans Funders Network's Youth & Education Action Table. Hamilton also directs the firm’s fund development work with local nonprofits and is leading strategic planning efforts for nonprofits working in education, mental health, community development and juvenile justice.

Hamilton received a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University and a Masters in Urban Studies from the University of New Orleans. He's been an avid reggae music fan ever since receiving his first CD player in the fifth grade. In 2011, he and his wife Annette backpacked around the world for a year. Hamilton has called New Orleans home since 1997 and is the proud father of two girls.