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Our Composer Team

Ali Berry
CEO, Composer

Alexandra “Ali” Berry is CEO of Composer, a global ecosystem and digital platform for providing young people greater access to high-quality civics and citizenship education. Ali began her career as a teacher in Houston, Texas. She is committed to advancing educational equity, with experience across the education system including K-12 practice, higher education, education technology, philanthropy, and research. Ali has worked at innovative education initiatives KIPP, Amplify, Relay Graduate School of Education, and the XQ Institute which she helped launch and grow from 2015 to 2019. Ali graduated with honors from Harvard University and earned an M.Ed. from the University of St. Thomas in partnership with Teach For America. She is based in San Francisco, California.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I am empowered by its mission to create a more just, equitable, and inclusive world, and its approach that is grounded in learning science and student voice.

Jacqueline Ewens
Project Manager, Composer

Jacqueline holds an MS in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California, and a BA from Chapman University in Sociology and Socially Responsive Organizations. A member of the Composer team since June 2019, Jacqueline helped to prepare the platform for public launch and continues to work on a number of projects, including user engagement, communications, and product development. She is extremely passionate about social change, interdisciplinary approaches to impact, and the catalytic power of education to change the world

I am passionate about High Resoles because…

I recognize the socialization aspect of education. Through citizenship education, we can socialize our youth to become genuine citizens, who will subsequently take social action. In this way, High Resolves truly contributes to creating a better world.

LiAnn Ishizuka
Head of Product Marketing, Composer

LiAnn serves as the Head of Product Marketing for Composer leading the work of expanding Composer’s reach to thousands of schools globally. LiAnn has worked at the intersection of technology, social impact, and marketing at organizations like Facebook, XQ Institute, Acumen and United Way. She is passionate about making a positive impact in the world and brings over 8 years’ experience in the social enterprise and non-profit sectors, working on marketing and communications. LiAnn graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in International Development Studies and Global Studies minor, and is a StartingBloc Fellow. 

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I believe in creating a positive dent in the world and passionate about the potential of transformative education to create real, lasting systems change.

Matthew Owens
Head of Curriculum & Content, Composer

Matt is a High Resolves curriculum developer based out of the Boston area. Matt got his start in education working as an English teacher in China before moving to Spain on a Fulbright scholarship. While there, he served as an English and Social Sciences teacher, where he worked with the regional government to organize and teach the Global Classrooms project, a global citizenship initiative designed to empower students to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a master’s in international education policy, Matt has worked on a wide variety of projects around the world with a focus on providing empowering educational experiences for all children.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
of the importance of social emotional skills and knowledge of social issues to the individual growth of every student.

Raghu Ponnapalli
Head of Product Technology, Composer

Upon graduating from Andhra University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Raghu Ponnapalli moved to the US to pursue a Master’s degree in Computer Science from UMass and an MBA in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University. Raghu held Senior-level Technical positions at Sun Microsystems and Infosys for over 10 years. His experience led him to a start-up, growing over 150 employees providing solutions to customers across the globe in 12+ years. For the past 6 years, Raghu’s interests shifted from providing IT solutions to building software products – with at least 4 products for which he was the product owner – from conception and design to managing development and delivery.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I am fortunate to have been brought up in a family with parents who were teachers, I believe that leaders are born from having right education combined with a keen understanding of social responsibilities.

Contact our Composer Team

About Composer

Composer is the first digital marketplace to offer a comprehensive collection of resources for activating a deeper sense of human responsibility in students. Founded in 2019 by High Resolves as a collaborative initiative with four other market leaders in civics and citizenship education: Facing History and Ourselves, iCivics, Generation Citizen, and Peace First, the platform enables educators working with grades 6-12 and in non-traditional learning environments to access a whole ecosystem of content providers in one place.

Educators can search and find over 1,000 high quality learning experiences from over 35 organizations that span civics, social justice, social and emotional learning, and global competence. Launched to the public in April 2020, Composer currently serves over 1,600 educators in North America and Australia.

Composer Ecosystem

One of the core functions of the platform is to provide research-based tools and guidance to support educators with curriculum planning, tailoring the world’s best curriculum to their own context, and translating insights from learning science into practical applications. To learn more about the principles of learning science that underpin our approach to content, curriculum design and delivery, read our Orange Paper “Putting Learning Science at Everyone’s Fingertips” here.

In order to maximize impact, one of Composer’s central ambitions has been to become a self-funding social venture. Though a non-for-profit entity and free to individual educators, we offer premium features and services to both our content providers as well as networks of schools and educators that leverage our expertise in product development, curriculum design and learning science, and extensive knowledge of the citizenship education landscape.

Contact Us

Sign up for a free Composer account here.

Questions or interested in a demo of the platform? Email support@composereducation.org

Press inquiries? Email press@composereducation.org