Our New Orleans Team

Kristen Green
Program Director, US

Kristen is a proud New Orleanian and even prouder product of two educators who instilled in her a fierce desire to advocate for and implement change surrounding inequities present within education systems. She has subsequently spent her career working towards achieving this balance by educating youth to own their strengths, interests, and power via experiential learning. Kristen started her career working on school board campaigns and in nonprofits in the Bay Area in California before teaching high school English and writing State policy in North Carolina. Upon returning home, she built a community-based, work-based learning program in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans, was part of the team who developed the current National Career Readiness curriculum, and managed a local partnership surrounding large scale city-wide career exploration events and the daily implementation of career readiness programming in high schools with the support of high-wage, high-demand industry partners across the Greater New Orleans Area. Kristen is an alumna of Tulane University and the University of San Francisco where she completed her MA in Public Affairs and Politics with a concentration in Education Policy.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I believe emboldening teens with experiences to own their voice and learn how to use it will foster civic engagement for generations to come. I am excited for the opportunity to support teens as they experience this “ah-ha!” moment through critical thinking and self-reflection in my hometown of NOLA and across the US.

Elizabeth Goodyear
Founding Family, New Orleans

Elizabeth is our founder and champion in New Orleans and it is thanks to her that NOLA has become our biggest hub in North America.

Lisa Gorman
Chairwoman of U.S. Board

Lisa is the Chairwoman of High Resolves’ U.S. Board. Lisa was formerly of counsel with the Detroit-based law firm Abbott Nicholson and was a former partner at Timmis Inman. Her clients included non-profit organizations and private foundations. Lisa holds a BA from Tufts University and a J.D. from Boston College. She serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Tufts University.

Tom Gorman
Board member

Tom Gorman was formerly the CEO of Brambles Limited, an ASX-listed supply chain solutions company operating in over 60 countries. Prior to joining Brambles, Tom spent 21 years working with Ford Motor Company in a number of senior positions in the US, Europe and Australia where he was President of Ford Australia from 2004 to 2008.

Mehrdad Baghai
Co-Founder, Chairman, and Global CEO

As Global CEO of High Resolves, Mehrdad has focused on rapid growth of the program in Australia and expansion into the U.S., Canada, China, Brazil and Africa. Mehrdad is Chairman of Alchemy Growth, a boutique strategy advisory firm. Previously, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company and co-leader of the Firm’s worldwide Growth Practice, and an Executive Director at the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. Mehrdad has degrees from Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School and Princeton University. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I have seen and felt the impact of social division and hatred first hand. We need to think of prejudice, racism and hatred as public health issues and engage in immunization programs in order to eradicate these diseases.

Paul Kelsey
Global Chief Operating Officer

Paul Kelsey was the inaugural CEO for High Resolves for ten years in Australia and is now the Global Chief Operating Officer. Prior to High Resolves, Paul was in various senior management positions in financial services for over 20 years.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I am passionate about High Resolves more than ever now because I have three teenage children, and I see first-hand how difficult it is for young teenagers to develop a genuine sense of empathy for global issues and to feel empowered to make a difference.

Roya Baghai
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Roya has a graduate degree in architecture but has also worked in many other experiential design fields. Throughout all her work, she has been passionate about creating transformative experiences that have personal or social impact. Her commitment to creating positive social change and empowering young people to do the same was the inspiration and driving force behind the co-creation of High Resolves in 2005 and her deep involvement since. She is also the Founder of Videos for Change: a powerful global platform that is enabling and amplifying the voice of young people to creatively engage with social issues and catalyse positive change in the world.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I am passionate about contributing in some small way to the creation of a world with unity in diversity, and where justice and equality of opportunity is upheld and experienced by all. I am joyous and privileged to work towards this vision with the impressive and multi-talented team at High Resolves.

Josh Densen
CEO, North America

Josh Densen is the CEO, High Resolves North America. Josh began his career as a Teach for America Corps Member in Oakland, California in 2000. He relocated to New Orleans to open and lead the local office of The Achievement Network in 2009, a position he held for two years before starting to work on Bricolage, which opened in 2013. Bricolage Academy is a New Orleans charter school with the mission of advancing educational equity and creating innovators who change the world. Josh received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

I am passionate about working at High Resolves because… 

I am inspired by how our world might be different when a generation of young people feel empowered to make a positive difference.  Our world’s biggest challenges have both individual and collective elements – High Resolves addresses both

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Our history

High Resolves New Orleans was established in December 2017.

With the incredible backing of Elizabeth Goodyear, a High Resolves champion, New Orleans is now our biggest hub in North America.

Our current partners include Metairie Park Country Day School, Bricolage Academy, Live Oak Wilderness Camp, NOLA Micro Schools, Dancing Grounds, Youth Run NOLA, Ransom Everglades School, and the Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.  During the 2018-2019 school year, we worked directly with 235 educators and 1600 middle and high school students across 13 schools and organizations.  We plan to expand our reach in the current school year through school programs and teacher professional development across the southeast United States.


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