Kevin F. Adler
is a social entrepreneur dedicated to a world where everyone is seen as invaluable and interconnected.
Kevin is the Founder & CEO of Miracle Messages, a new kind of philanthropy that reconnects people who have been isolated by homelessness with their families... and us. To date, we have reunited 131 families (average time disconnected: 20 years), with 20% of reunions leading to housing and 80% resulting in a positive outcome, all at a fraction of the cost of government programs. We are on a mission to end relational poverty on our streets – because everyone is someone's somebody.
Kevin is the 2018 Young Alumnus of the Year at Occidental College, a 2018 Jefferson Award recipient, a 2017 MassChallenge Gold Award recipient, a 2017 Emerging Innovator by American Express and Ashoka, a 2016 TED Resident and TED Speaker, and a 2010-11 Rotary Ambassadorial scholar, for which he served in Oaxaca, Mexico. In addition, Kevin is a New Leaders Council fellow, StartingBloc fellow, a founding trustee of the Awesome Foundation-San Francisco, and an honorary lifetime member of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley. Previously, Kevin co-founded three education technology startups in Silicon Valley: an online mentoring and fundraising platform for under-served schools and an incubator for EdTech startups.
Kevin is the author of Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital (Rowman & Littlefield), a ground-breaking book that demonstrates the role of shared traumas in bringing communities together. He has written for the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, TechCrunch, San Francisco Chronicle, Cedar Rapids Gazette, and others. His scholarly work has been published by Routledge and CRC Press.
A frequent public speaker on homelessness, Kevin has given talks at TED, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Zappos, the US Department of Health & Human Services, and more. His work has been featured widely, including in the New York Times, NPR, People, on a billboard in Times Square, and NowThis, whose two videos received 47 million views.
Kevin has an M.Phil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge, 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." Kevin is a 2015 graduate of Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program at NASA, 1 of 80 participants selected from 5,000 applicants.
Kevin grew up in Livermore, California, and is currently based in San Francisco. He never learned the word stranger, and tries to live accordingly.
RANDOM TIDBITS ABOUT KEVIN
- 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
- Has been featured on a billboard in Times Square
- Perhaps the only person in the history of New York City to move from Soho to a Hasidic Jewish housing project in South Williamsburg
- Once made Gayle King cry. ("a little")
- 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