Bridging Policy Divides – A Consensus Approach

Broadcast on September 20, 2011
With Rob Fersh

Rob Fersh

President, Convergence

Robert Fersh serves as CEO of Convergence. He served as executive director of Search for Common Ground-USA and its Consensus Council until April 2009. In that capacity, he oversaw projects conducted in the United States by Search for Common Ground (SFCG), a leading international conflict transformation organization operating in seventeen countries worldwide. He co-directed the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project and previously directed a national policy consensus project in Health Care Coverage for the Uninsured. 

Prior to joining SFCG, Rob served twelve years as President of the Food Research and Action Center, a leading non-governmental organization advocating policies and programs to alleviate hunger in the United States. There, he was the central architect and overseer of a national Campaign to End Childhood Hunger.

Rob served on the staffs of three Congressional committees before joining FRAC, working for U.S. Representative Leon Panetta and for Senators Edmund Muskie and Patrick Leahy. While a Congressional staff member, and also at FRAC, he had repeated success in shepherding passage of bipartisan legislation to reduce hunger in the United States. 

Rob also served as Assistant to the Administrator of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, the agency in charge of all federal food assistance programs, during the Carter Administration. Prior to that, he was counsel and policy analyst for a leading non-profit organization involved in U.S. domestic social welfare policy. He was a 1994 recipient of the Prudential Foundation Prize for Non-Profit Leadership. Rob holds a law degree from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.