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Our North American Team

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

Liz Bremner, CFRE
Director, Philanthropic Partnerships, North America

Liz is an experienced fundraiser who has worked in the for-purpose sector for almost a decade. Born in
England, she spent her formative teenage years in Kenya before moving to Canada, where she currently
lives. Liz enjoys connecting people with their passions and specializes in building relationships with
donors and partners who can advance the mission and impact of the organizations they support. She is a
leadership volunteer with the Young Diplomats of Canada and has worked with youth and educators to
create action plans for social change. Liz holds a B.A. (Honours) in International Relations & Political
Science and a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Impact from the University of Toronto.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I am committed to creating positive social change and believe in the transformative power of immersive
learning experiences for young people. High Resolves challenges youth to think critically about the
world’s problems, encourages them to be curious and ask questions, and empowers them to change the
world – I’m grateful to be involved in this life-changing work!

Cora-Lee Conway
Program Director, Canada

Cora-Lee Conway is an engaging educator with years of experience connecting with youth in Canada and abroad. From teaching English in Northern Quebec, supporting first-year university students living in residence, to providing career readiness workshops to youth in Ghana; a passion for education has always been at the core of her pursuits. And as a first-generation Canadian of Afro-Caribbean descent, the values of education she believes in have always involved the inclusion of marginalized voices and developing the capacity to understand the ways in which communities can support equity, diversity and liberation. Cora-Lee is pursuing a PhD in Education from McGill University and holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Political Science from York University.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I believe that the time to address inequity and to pursue liberation is always right now. Young people have often been at the helm of social change and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of creating generative spaces for open and honest discourse that brings us closer to the reality I know we can have, together.

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.

Roxy Pirnia
National Director of Partnerships

Roxy is extremely passionate about education reform and equity, particularly in the United States. Upon graduation from university, Roxy joined High Resolves as an intern, analyzing student work and reporting on program outcomes. After her internship, Roxy returned to the United States to continue pursuing her passion of working with youth. She worked as both a Corps Member and Team Leader with City Year in Boston, and subsequently as a Program Manager with Boston Scholar Athletes. Through her various roles, Roxy has continuously seen the importance of providing the space, resources, and skills for young people to build the social emotional capacities that are often not explicitly taught in school settings. Roxy is excited to again join the High Resolves team, and to build the bridge to the United States. She holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Masters’ Degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
My passion for this work stems from my own experiences in education. Prior to college, my education was mostly academic, lacking much application to life beyond the classroom. It was not until my time at the University of California, San Diego that I began to think critically about the world around me – about my own identity, about how I fit into the world, and what type of world I wanted to see. I am passionate about the work we are doing at High Resolves because it provides young people with the opportunity that I did not have, the opportunity to begin this journey earlier on and to better understand my role as a global citizen.

Aaron Raye
Intern

Aaron has a deep-rooted interest in bridging gaps between different groups of people and working towards creating a more equitable future for all of humanity. Aaron is from Frisco, Texas, and is currently a Levine Scholar at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is working on a project to bring High Resolves to North Carolina in order to assist school districts in Charlotte with producing global citizens. While in high school, Aaron created a club called The Bridge that responded to discord and brought together different groups of people to talk about the world’s most pressing social issues in an open and non-discriminatory manner. The results of The Bridge is what inspires his work with High Resolves as it helped to illustrate that the power to change society is in the hands of youth.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

We are currently living in a world that is becoming more globalized and connected by the day, and increasing global fluency among young people is the key to advancing society. I am passionate about spreading the motives of High Resolves in order to rally young people to be positive agents of social change.

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