Speaker Bio

Kevin F. Adler is a social entrepreneur dedicated to a world where everyone is seen as invaluable and interconnected. Kevin channels his passion for technology and human decency to bring people together, elevate stories from the underserved, and strengthen communities from within.

A 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar and a 2016 TED Resident and TED Speaker, Kevin currently serves as the Founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, an award-winning nonprofit organization that reconnects our neighbors experiencing homelessness with their loved ones… and us. Previously, Kevin co-founded three EdTech startups in Silicon Valley, and authored a book on how shared traumas can bring us together.

Kevin has been honored as a 2017 Ashoka and American Express emerging innovator, a 2017 MassChallenge winner, and a 2010-11 Rotary ambassadorial scholar. His work has been featured widely, including in the New York Times, Washington Post, on a billboard in Times Square, and NowThis, whose two videos generated over 47 million views.

Kevin received his M.Phil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge, and his BA in Politics from Occidental College, where he was the 2018 Young Alumnus of the Year and where Barack Obama's favorite professor said, "in 40 years of teaching, Kevin is the single best student I have ever had."

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Random Tidbits

  • Had a small speaking role in a Sundance-award winning film

  • Once was featured in Teen Vogue, but not for his dreamy boy band

  • Uses his middle initial "F" to honor his mom, Joan Farrington

  • Has never tried coffee

  • 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 Christian faith.

  • His great-grandfather changed the family name from Orzeł (Polish for eagle) to Adler (German for eagle) at Ellis Island at the turn of the 19th century