Annette Hollowell

Founder & Senior Associate Consultant

As a Senior Associate Consultant and co-founder at Converge, Annette spearheads our firm’s workforce and economic development portfolio. She is a former Pathways to Prosperity Manager with the City of New Orleans Office of Workforce Development. Annette was awarded a Strong Cities Strong Communities White House Fellowship focused on strengthening the capacity of local governments to develop and execute their economic visions and strategies. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Annette joined the Mississippi Center for Justice working as a Civil Rights attorney and community lawyer advocating for housing recovery on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. As a law student, she served on the National Advisory Board of the Student Hurricane Network, aiding the logistical coordination efforts to place over 5,000 law students with volunteer opportunities in communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. Some of her most formative years were spent as a community organizer working in sites of historic traumatic memory across Mississippi with the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi. Before co-founding Converge, Annette co-founded the Verbena Group in 2007, with her husband Hamilton, that merged with Momentum for Progress to create Converge in 2016.

Annette is currently the Board Manager for the New Orleans Workforce Development Board and is carrying out innovative strategies to redesign the public workforce system to strengthen the alignment with economic development efforts in the city. Annette has worked with the City of New Orleans since 2012. Annette also facilitates the management team building process for the Advocacy Center, a legal services nonprofit, and co-facilitates the strategic planning process for The Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies. Annette is the Program Coordinator for the Hudson Thomas Program, an incumbent worker training program housed at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in partnership with Delgado Community College and funded by the New Orleans Works (NOW) Funders Collaborative. She is a manager and legal advisor to Foxfire Ranch LLC, her family’s recreational farm that provides an interracial and inter-generational space for families to celebrate the rich heritage of the North Mississippi Hill Country Blues tradition. Annette is an enthusiastic devotee of the Hill Country Blues. She can often be seen dancing on the stage (or right in front) whenever Cedric Burnside or Lightnin’ Malcolm come to town and is proud to have passed this love down to her two little girls.

Annette attended Xavier University of New Orleans before earning a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. from the University of Mississippi. She serves on the board of Junebug Productions and is an advisory board member of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation.