Barbara Cheives is president of Converge & Associates Consulting, which specializes in race and ethnic relations consulting, community and civic engagement, and cultural competency/sensitivity training. Barbara’s consulting expertise includes law enforcement and public safety, media, education, non-profits, and corporations. She served as the first executive director of Toward A More Perfect Union in Palm Beach County, a non-profit initiative addressing the critical impact of race and ethnicity in a diverse community. She has also planned and executed county-wide community engagement and community dialogue projects with difficult to reach communities for the Palm Health Foundation, Children’s Home Society, and Community Partners of Palm Beach County, and statewide for the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. A Native New Yorker who has lived in West Palm Beach for 25 years, Barbara serves on the National Board of the Institute of Community Peace in Washington, DC, and is a past chair of the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission. She is a past president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. West Palm Beach Chapter, and the co-chair of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Social Justice Ministry. Barbara is an alumna of Leadership Palm Beach County, class of 2002.