Hi, I'm Kevin.
Kevin F. Adler is an entrepreneur and sociologist dedicated to a world where everyone is seen as invaluable and interconnected.
Kevin is the Founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, a nonprofit that reunites the homeless with their loved ones through technology, storytelling, and volunteers. Miracle Messages has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, People, and NowThis, whose video hit 26M views. Their goal is to reunite 1 million people by 2023.
Kevin is also a TED Resident and TED Speaker. Previously, Kevin co-founded 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 book that demonstrates the role of shared traumas in either 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 talks at TED, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Microsoft, SingularityU, and Zappos. He is an New Leaders Council fellow, StartingBloc fellow, Sandbox member, and Awesome Foundation-SF founding trustee. He is a 2017 winner of MassChallenge, and has been honored as an "Emerging Innovator" by American Express / Ashoka and honorary lifetime member of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley.
Kevin grew up in Livermore, CA, and is currently based in San Francisco, and never learned the word stranger.
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
- He has been featured on a billboard in Times Square
- 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