Kevin F. Adler is a social entrepreneur dedicated to a world where everyone is seen as invaluable and interconnected.
Kevin is the Founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, an award-winning nonprofit that reunites the homeless with their loved ones. To date, MM has facilitated over 100 reunions, with 25% getting a person off-the-streets. Their vision is to reunite 1 million people by 2023.
For his work, Kevin has been named a TED Resident, TED Speaker, MassChallenge winner, and "Emerging Innovator" by American Express / Ashoka. Miracle Messages has been featured widely, including in the New York Times, NPR, People, on a Shinola billboard in Times Square, and NowThis, whose video reached 26 million views. Previously, Kevin co-founded three EdTech ventures: alumn.us, Entangled Ventures, and BetterGrads.
Kevin is the author of Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), a ground-breaking book that demonstrates the role of shared traumas in either bringing communities together or tearing them apart. He holds an M.Phil in Sociology from 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 Barack Obama's "favorite professor" said, "in 40 years of teaching, Kevin is the single best student I have ever had."
As a speaker, Kevin has given talks at TED, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Occidental, Singularity University, Silicon Slopes, the Public Affairs Conference (keynote), daho.am (keynote), Microsoft, and Zappos, to name a few. Kevin has contributed chapters to two peer-edited volumes, and written opinion pieces in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, TechCrunch, and Cedar Rapids Gazette.
Kevin served as a Rotary Ambassador of Goodwill in Oaxaca, Mexico, a New Leaders Council fellow, a StartingBloc fellow, a member of Sandbox, a founding trustee of the Awesome Foundation-SF, and an honorary lifetime member of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley. Kevin studied exponential technology at Singularity University's Google-backed summer program at NASA Ames, one of 80 participants selected from over 5000 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
- 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