Kevin F. Adler is a social entrepreneur dedicated to a world where everyone is seen as invaluable and interconnected.
Kevin F. Adler is the Founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, an award-winning nonprofit organization that reunites the homeless with their loved ones (and the rest of us as a society) through short video and audio messages, social media, and local volunteers. Miracle Messages aims to end homelessness by rebuilding social support systems. Miracle Messages is a 2017 winner of MassChallenge, and has been featured in over 500 media publications, including the New York Times, NPR, People, BBC, on a billboard in Times Square, and NowThis, whose two videos combined for 47 million views and 425,000 shares.
Kevin is also the author of Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital (published by Rowman & Littlefield), a ground-breaking book that demonstrates the role of shared traumas in bringing communities together or tearing them apart. Previously, Kevin co-founded three organizations in the education space: an online mentoring platform for under-served schools, an online fundraising platform for under-served schools, and an incubator for education technology startups.
Kevin is a 2017 Emerging Innovator by American Express / Ashoka, a 2016 TED Resident and TED Speaker, and a 2010-11 Rotary Ambassadorial scholar in Mexico. Kevin is also a 2015 New Leaders Council fellow, 2012 StartingBloc fellow, a member of Sandbox, a founding trustee of the Awesome Foundation-San Francisco, and an honorary lifetime member of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley.
Kevin is a regular public speaker, and has given talks at TED, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Occidental, Microsoft, and Zappos, as well as keynotes at the Public Affairs Conference and daho.am. Kevin has contributed chapters to three peer-edited volumes, and has written opinion pieces in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, TechCrunch, San Francisco Chronicle, and Cedar Rapids Gazette.
Kevin has 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." Kevin is a 2015 graduate of Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program, one of 80 participants selected for the Google-funded summer program at NASA Ames focused on exponential technologies.
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