Hi, I'm Kevin. Here's me writing in the third person:
Kevin F. Adler is a TED Resident and the founder of Miracle Messages,, a social venture that aims to reunite 1% of the world's homeless population with their loved ones by 2021, via short videos, social media, and a network of volunteers. Miracle Messages has been featured in 200+ media outlets, including the New York Times, NPR, People, and NowThis, whose video reached 18M views and 300K shares.
Previously, Kevin co-founded three EdTech startups: alumn.us (fundraising platform for under-served high schools, acquired in 2013), Entangled Ventures (EdTech incubator), and BetterGrads (online mentoring nonprofit). From 2010-2011, Kevin served as an Ambassador of Goodwill in Oaxaca, Mexico, for Rotary International.
Kevin is the author of the ground-breaking book, Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), which investigates how shared traumas can bring people together. His writing has been published in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, International Educator, Cedar Rapids Gazette, TechCrunch, Huffington Post, and two peer-reviewed volumes. Kevin has spoken at Microsoft, Stanford, the WEF's Global Shapers, Singularity University, and the Downtown Project.
Kevin holds an M.Phil in Sociology from Cambridge University, and a B.A. in Politics from Occidental College, where he was the Culley Award recipient as the top graduating senior and where President Obama's "favorite professor" said, "in 40 years of teaching, Kevin is the single best student I have ever had." In 2015, he was one of 80 people selected to attend SingularityU's Global Solutions Program at NASA Ames, where he studied how exponential technologies can solve humanity’s grand challenges.
Kevin is a member of Thousand Network, an NLC Fellow, a StartingBloc Fellow, and a founding trustee of the Awesome Foundation-SF. He grew up in the small town of Livermore (CA) and currently lives in NYC and SF. Kevin never learned the word stranger, and is dedicated to bringing forth a world where everyone is seen as invaluable and interconnected.
RANDOM TIDBITS ABOUT KEVIN
- Honorary Lifetime Member of Rotary Club of Livermore Valley
- Small speaking role in a Sundance-award winning film
- Voted "Most Likely to Win an Oscar" by his senior class in HS
- Featured in Teen Vogue, but not for his dreamy boy band
- Uses his middle initial "F" to honor his mom, Joan Farrington
- Named one of San Francisco's most eligible men
- Has never tried coffee
- President Obama's "favorite professor," Roger Boesche, said, "in 40 years of teaching, Kevin is the single best student I have ever had"
- When he was 12, he felt like something was missing in his life, and asked his family to visit local churches. This lead to his personal faith.
Great-grandfather changed the family last name from Orzeł, the Polish for "eagle," to Adler, the German for "eagle," at Ellis Island