Lecturer; Executive Vice President, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
Amanda Broun joined Convergence Center for Policy Resolution in 2017 as Executive Vice President. Convergence is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting dialogue and solving problems across the political divide on issues of national importance. This dialogue-to-action process is currently tackling health care, incarceration, poverty and economic mobility, K-12 education, and the federal budget process. As EVP, Amanda works to inspire and assist others to use Convergence’s collaborative problem-solving approach; oversees the California health reform and incarceration projects; and leads Convergence’s strategic planning, learning and evaluation, and board governance work.
Prior to joining Convergence, Amanda was Vice President of Programs and Practice at Independent Sector (IS), a national membership organization of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs. There, she led efforts to strengthen leadership, accountability, and effectiveness in nonprofit organizations of all sizes and missions. While at IS, she led the 2015 revision and promotion of landmark Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice.
Prior to IS, Amanda was Senior Vice President at Public Education Network (PEN), a network of community-based nonprofit advocacy organizations seeking to improve public education in high poverty school districts across the country. There, she led and supported efforts to broaden the focus of PEN members from school-based programs to influencing school district policy and public engagement in support of disadvantaged students.
Prior to joining PEN, Amanda served as Chief Education Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources where she worked on federal legislation addressing the needs of students who were from low-income families, English language learners, homeless, at-risk of dropping out of school, or those with disabilities, as well as initiatives to support teachers, early childhood education, and technology-based learning.
- J.D., New York University School of Law
- B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University.