Leadership

Kevin F. Adler
Founder and CEO

Kevin is a social entrepreneur who never learned the word stranger. He created Miracle Messages in honor of his Uncle Mark, who lived on-and-off the streets for 30 years. Previously, Kevin co-founded three startups in EdTech, and wrote the book Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital. Kevin is a TED Resident (2016) and TED Speaker.

Jess Donig
Chief Programs Officer

Jessica is an innovator and human-centered designer with a deep passion for improving people’s lives. She joined Kevin in 2017 as the first full-time team member at Miracle Messages. Previously, Jessica served as the first employee and VP of Operations for a YC-backed MedTech startup, and worked in clinical research at Stanford University.


Directors

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Dana Barrette

President of Displays2go, a leading direct marketer, manufacturer, and distributor of retail, POP and trade show displays.
 

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Kate Courteau

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

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Kevin F. Adler

Founder and CEO of Miracle Messages. Co-founded three EdTech startups. Author of Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital. TED Resident (2016) and TED Speaker.


Advisors

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Dr. Gloria Duffy

President & CEO of the Commonwealth Club, the nation’s largest and oldest public forum. She served in the Clinton Administration & lives in Santa Clara, CA, with her husband.

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Dr. Donald Burnes

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

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Cyndi Stivers

Director of the TED Residency and special events curator, TED Conferences. Media strategist who led the launch of Time Out in North America (1995–2005).

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Patricia Suflita Wilson

Former CEO of Make-A-Wish – Greater Bay Area, where she grew the budget from $1.6M to $11M+. Main character in the documentary Batkid Begins (Warner Bros./New Line).

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Dr. Robert Okin

Prof. Emeritus at UCSF School of Medicine; Former chief of service, SF General Hospital Dept. of Psychiatry; Author of Silent Voices: People with Mental Disorders on the Street.

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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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Megan Kashner

Faculty member and Director of Social Impact, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern Univ.; Founder of Benevolent.net; proponent of dignity & self-determination.

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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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Lori Campbell

Nonprofit management and leadership consultant. Family Support Specialist and fierce advocate for families and individuals affected by mental illness

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Darwyn Metzger

CEO, Phantom. Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist turned entrepreneur. Pioneered several social-issue-based projects (e.g., Merv Griffin’s Under the Cardboard).

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Jena Hosking

Patient service specialist with a background in public administration. Formerly homeless, she is now dedicated to building strong communities through honest education.


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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.