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Alice Ray has worked at the intersection of social emotional learning, social justice, trauma and technology for 20 years. Prior to becoming involved with technology, she engaged in non-violent activism in the US and Central America; conceived and supervised development of Second Step, the most widely used SEL program in the world, received an Executive MBA, provided consulting to 100+ nonprofits on making good works good business. In 1997, she co-founded Ripple Effects, developing learner directed software to address 400+ non-academic barriers to schools success, including trauma and injustice.. It is listed on the National Registry of Evidence Proven Practices (NREPP) as a children's mental health and substance abuse intervention, with documented positive impact on resiliency assets. behavioral referrals, and academic achievement. Her action pledge is to extend that proven social-emotional learning platform to people who have suffered trauma related to war, poverty and oppression, especially sexual assault. Initially focused on vets, she has since shifted to children, who bear harsh burdens of war and injustice. A Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of AGLN, she has received dozens of awards for humanitarian leadership, creative achievement and entrepreneurial success.