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Kevin F. Adler '07

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San Francisco, CA

Oxy Major/Minor:  

Politics Major, DWA Minor

Current Company:

Miracle Messages

Current Position:

Founder and CEO

Campus Involvement/Special Programs:

Oxy Democrats, Cancun Can Wait (alternative spring break club)

Secondary Schooling:

Masters at the University of Cambridge, TED Residency, Presidential Leadership Scholars, MassChallenge, Rotary Scholar...

Favorite MP/Cooler Food:

Poppy Seed Muffins

Best Oxy Class:

Anything with Professor Boesche

Groups I Identify With:

Any!

Bio:

Kevin F. Adler is the Founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, an award-winning nonprofit that helps people experiencing homelessness rebuild their social support systems, primarily via family reunification services, a phone buddy program, and $500/month direct cash transfers. To-date, Miracle Messages has facilitated 425+ reunions and 130+ friendships.

Kevin has been honored as a Presidential Leadership Scholar, TED Resident, MassChallenge winner, SXSW Community Service Award winner, and Rotary scholar. Kevin has given talks at TED, SXSW, HUD, HHS, Google, Berkeley, and Stanford. Kevin’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, on a billboard in Times Square, and hundreds more.

Prior to Miracle Messages, Kevin co-founded three education technology startups, and authored a book on how shared traumas can bring us together. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and 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’ve ever had."

Career Advice:

Be courageous, and listen closely to the people you want to serve.