Converge 2019:
Coming together to


This December, 24 emerging social purpose leaders are coming together in Brooklyn, New York, for the American Express Leadership Academy’s Converge Academy, hosted by LeaderStories and the Center for Creative Leadership.

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24 Leaders, selected by a panel of judges, received a scholarship (including training, lodging, and select meals) to attend the Converge Academy, December 9-11, 2019. Nominees are committed to staying in the sector and continuing to advance, learn and inspire others.

What I learned from American Express, I’ve taken with me on a daily basis. Every decision I made, every step I took, from the moment leaving the Academy was in pursuit of this big dream.

Wesner Pierre, VP Education and Youth Development, CAMBA

Meet the 2019 cohort:

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Amy Kapp

Editorial Director, Editor-in-Chief, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Rails to Trails Magazine

Brandon Oldham

Program Associate, George Kaiser Family Foundation

Christy Kunz

Vice President - Operations, Junior Achievement USA

Dania Fawaz

Director of Programs; Art Therapist, Project Create

Eduardo Ayala Fuentes

Director of Development , Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

Eleazar Gutierrez

Associate Manager, Leadership Programs, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Irini Albanti

Director, Global Health Initiative, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Center


Director of STREAM & Mentoring Programs, College Tribe

Justin Pinn

Director, Strategic Initiatives, Teach for America Miami-Dade

Katherine Eklund

Director of Development, Generation Hope

Katie Sgarro

Co-Founder & President, AsylumConnect

KatMeow García

Manager of Media Education, Open Signal

Kevin Hinton

CEO/Executive Director, Beacon House

Kori Redepenning

CEO, Minnesota Alliance With Youth

LaShaun “Frank” Franklin

Instructional Coach, The Next Step Public Charter School

Leah Greenblum

Founder & Executive Director, Midwest Access Coalition

Mitchel M. Wu

Director, Queens Community Services, Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc.

Nikki Roe Cropp

Director, Program Effectiveness, Camp Fire National Headquarters

Sierra Van Ryck deGroot

Education Programs Manager, Poster House

Tamra Boodie

Director, Beacon 164, CAMBA Inc.

Ted Smith

Executive Director, New Heights Youth Inc.

Terrell A. Blount

Director, Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network

Zachary Morrice

Senior Program Manager, Atlas Corp

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About the American Express Leadership Academy

The American Express Leadership Academy was founded in 2008 in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership. To date, we have hosted over 130 Leadership Academy sessions training more than 4,300 social purpose leaders.