Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, also known simply as Convergence, is a think tank established in 2009 that hosts a variety of projects centered around finding consensus on public policy matters. The group has worked on issues including health care, civil service reform, modernization of Congress, and incarceration and reentry issues.
Convergence receives funding from interest groups on both sides of the political spectrum, including corporations, trade associations, labor unions, and left-of-center grantmaking foundations including the American Federation of Teachers, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The group has also received funding from Stand Together, the funding arm of libertarian donor and businessman Charles Koch’s philanthropic network. In March 2022, Convergence announced it had received funding from left-of-center billionaire donor Mackenzie Scott.    
Background and History
Convergence Center for Policy Resolution was founded in 2009 by Rob Fersh, a former Congressional staffer who had previously directed the U.S. branch of the international conflict resolution group Search for Common Ground as well as the Food Research and Action Center. Convergence was founded by Fersh and other individuals involved with the Search for Common Ground who had worked with the organization on issues including health insurance coverage and United States-Muslim relations. Their intent was to found an organization modelled after Search for Common Ground that focused on American domestic policy rather than international affairs. 
Fersh’s background is in nutrition policy and many of the organization’s early projects centered around developing food and nutrition, school meals, and public health awareness campaigns. Other projects led by the group since its founding focused on revamping the federal budget-making process, long-term care financing, prison reentry, and U.S.-Pakistan relations. 
Since its founding, the organization has engaged stakeholders in its projects from both left-of-center and right-of-center sources as well as from both companies and labor unions. Examples include projects featuring input from representatives of the Brookings Institution and the Heritage Foundation, as well as from Walmart and the National Employment Law Project. 
Convergence also launched Education Reimagined, now an independent organization promoting left-of-center public education policies. 
Convergence Center for Policy Resolution posts a partial list of its funders on its website that features notable left-leaning foundations and labor unions, as well as companies and trade associations representing the business community.
Left-of-center funders of the group include the American Federation of Teachers, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the National Education Association, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Bush Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  In March 2022, Convergence was announced to have received funding from left-of-center billionaire donor Mackenzie Scott. 
Business-affiliated funders of the group include America’s Health Insurance Plans, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, National Association of Convenience Stores, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association. 
The organization receives pro-bono legal services from the large corporate law firm Akin Gump.