Deb Marois, MS, Principal and Founder

Principal Deb Marois believes that change begins when our hearts are touched and our imaginations are sparked. Deb's real-world experience combined with theoretical rigor and strategic thinking helps clients convene diverse participants, create shared goals and advance toward a common vision.  She offers expertise in asset-based community development and civic engagement; participatory strategic planning; facilitating consensus decision making; conflict resolution; program evaluation and qualitative research.


Through Converge CRT, Deb leads a variety of collaborative planning, implementation and research projects on issues ranging from mental health innovation, obesity prevention, and youth engagement to SB375 implementation, climate adaptation, and regional equity. Not one to walk a traditional path, she moves confidently into complex collaborative situations, sees beyond polarities, and listens deeply to clarify issues and discover desired outcomes. Deb meets people where they are with acceptance, curiosity and discernment to help clients and stakeholders:


  • Make new connections and expand beliefs about what is possible
  • Realize their own strengths and potential
  • Create shared vision and action plans to achieve priority goals
  • Give voice to untold perspectives and stories


After Deb completed a master’s degree in Community Development at UC Davis in 2005, she founded Marois Consulting & Research, the precursor to Converge.  In addition to her own projects, she has a history of affiliation with the Public Health Institute’s Center for Collaborative Planning. Over the last 20 years, Deb has trained hundreds of government and nonprofit staff, health and human service professionals, educators, advocates, youth, faith-based and neighborhood leaders in asset-based community engagement, participatory strategic planning, collaborative leadership and group facilitation skills.


A life-long learner, Deb delights in having her own perspective expanded. She volunteers to support community improvement efforts such as the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, Movement As Medicine, and Skyline Harvest Eco-Contemplative Center. In her off-time, you can find Deb practicing Open Floor movement, dancing the 5 Rhythms, enjoying nature, creating and supporting art, and traveling to new places.  View her LinkedIn profile.






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Converge CRT draws upon a talented network of associates to support project needs when indicated.

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