Allyssa Jones (M.M., Northern Illinois University) is an award-winning musician and educator whose career spans 25 years on stage and in the classroom. A choral educator and presenter, Jones leads sessions on creative leadership, music and literacy, and culturally responsive teaching. Her work as Boston Public Schools’ Program Director for Performing Arts garnered board seats within national music organizations, including the NAfME Innovations Council. A Surdna Fellow, her artistic credits include national performances, recordings, and original compositions for theatre and film. Her company, Jones Creative & Consulting, develops music projects that support dialogue, collaboration and innovation across communities.