Hi, I'm Kevin.
Kevin F. Adler is an entrepreneur and sociologist who never learned the word stranger, and is dedicated to a world where everyone is seen as invaluable and interconnected.
Kevin is a TED Resident and the founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, a nonprofit that ends homelessness by rebuilding social support systems. Miracle Messages has been featured widely, including the New York Times, NPR, and NowThis, whose video hit 26M views. Their goal is to reunite 1 million people by 2021.
Previously, Kevin co-founded three edtech startups: alumn.us (a fundraising platform for underserved schools, acquired in 2013), Entangled Ventures (an edtech incubator), and BetterGrads (an online mentoring nonprofit). From 2010-11, Kevin served as an Ambassador of Goodwill in Mexico for Rotary International.
Kevin is the author of Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), a ground-breaking little book that demonstrates the big role of shared traumas in bringing communities together or tearing them apart. His writing has been published in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, TechCrunch, Cedar Rapids Gazette, and two edited volumes.
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 Barack 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, where he studied how exponential technologies can solve humanity’s grand challenges.
As a speaker, Kevin has delivered keynote or featured talks at TED, Stanford, Microsoft, Singularity University, the Public Affairs Conference, and Zappos. He is a New Leaders Council Fellow, StartingBloc Fellow, member of Sandbox, and founding trustee of the Awesome Foundation-SF. Kevin grew up in Livermore, CA, and is currently based 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