- Converge CRT
Deb Marois, founder of Converge Consulting Research and Training, specializes in facilitating collaborative action to create healthier communities and a more just world. She leads a variety of collaborative planning, implementation and research projects on issues ranging from regional equity, mental health innovation, and youth engagement to poverty alleviation, climate adaptation, and prevention of obesity, violence and other public health issues. Deb offers expertise in complex community change initiatives and collective impact; civic engagement; consensus decision making and conflict resolution; and program evaluation and qualitative research. In partnership with the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, Deb served as the project manager for Keeping Our Promise: A Guide for Evaluation in Sacramento’s Promise Zone. Over the last 25 years, she has trained hundreds of government and nonprofit staff, health and human service professionals, educators, advocates, youth, faith-based and neighborhood leaders in group facilitation skills, asset-based community development, participatory strategic planning, collaborative leadership and community research. A lifelong learner, Deb holds a Master’s of Science degree in Community Development from UC Davis and recently completed teacher training in Open Floor, a mindful movement practice that uses dance, music and inquiry to cultivate presence, optimal health and embodied leadership.