Team

Kevin F. Adler
Founder and CEO

Kevin is a social entrepreneur and sociologist who never learned the word stranger. He started this work in honor of his Uncle Mark, who lived on-and-off the streets for 30 years. In December 2014, Kevin took a walk down Market Street in SF with warm tea, hot biscuits, and a simple question to his homeless neighbors: "do you have any family or friends you'd like to record a message to for the holidays?" Soon, Miracle Messages was born.

Jess Donig
Director of Operations

In Jess’s first year at UCLA, one of her sociology professors remarked that, in the 1960’s, homelessness in the Bay Area was practically nonexistent. It was this remark that got Jess thinking about the normalization of homelessness. Jess joined Kevin at Miracle Messages as the first full-time team member, driven by her passion for improving people's lives through innovation.

Advisors

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Kate Courteau

Former Director of Y Combinator nonprofits and YC's chief actual architect. Owner of her own private architectural practice since 2000.

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Chris Messina

Product guy, friend to startups, inventor of the hashtag, proponent of bots and conversational apps; former Googler and former Uber employee.

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Gary Arabian

Executive Vice President at CBRE. Former Founder and Principal of The CAC Group and Lead of the Tenant Representation Team.

 
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Dr. Donald Burnes

Founder of the Burnes Center for Poverty and Homelessness; Adjunct Professor, the University of Denver; co-author and co-editor of Ending Homelessness: Why We Haven't, How We Can

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Dr. Robert Okin

Prof Emer at UCSF School of Medicine; Fmr chief of service of the SF General Hospital Department of Psychiatry; Author of Silent Voices: People with Mental Disorders on the Street

Volunteers

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All full-time roles are currently filled, but we are always looking for great people to join us and contribute their skills. Whether you a talented designer or iOS developer eager to give back, a social media maven with some free time, or a college student or recent graduate eager to intern a few days a week, we want you.