Hi, I'm Kevin.
Kevin F. Adler never learned the word stranger and is dedicated to a world where everyone is seen as invaluable and interconnected. He is a TED Resident and the founder of Miracle Messages, a nonprofit which reconnects people living on the streets with their loved ones (and us), through short video messages and social media
Miracle Messages has been featured in 350 media outlets, including the New York Times, NPR, and NowThis, whose video reached 25M views and 350K shares. Their vision is to reunite 1 million people by 2021.
Previously, Kevin co-founded three edtech startups: alumn.us (fundraising platform for under-served schools, acquired in 2013), Entangled Ventures (EdTech incubator), and BetterGrads (online mentoring nonprofit). From 2010-11, 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 San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, TechCrunch, New York Times, Cedar Rapids Gazette, International Educator, Huffington Post, and two peer-reviewed volumes. Kevin has spoken at TED, Stanford University, Microsoft, the WEF's Global Shapers, Singularity University, and Zappos.
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 from 5000 applicants to attend Singularity University's Global Solutions Program at NASA Ames, where he studied how exponential technologies can solve humanity’s grand challenges.
Kevin is an New Leaders Council Fellow, a StartingBloc Fellow, a Sandbox member, and a founding trustee of the Awesome Foundation-SF. He grew up in Livermore, CA, and currently lives in San Francisco and New York City.
RANDOM TIDBITS ABOUT KEVIN
- Honorary Lifetime Member of Rotary Club of Livermore Valley
- Had a small speaking role in a Sundance-award winning film & was voted "Most likely to win an Oscar" by his high school senior class
- 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 bachelors
- Has never tried coffee
- 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