Team

Kevin F. Adler
Founder and CEO

Kevin is a social entrepreneur who never learned the word stranger. He started Miracle Messages 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 San Francisco with a simple question for his homeless neighbors: "do you have any family or friends that you'd like to record a message to for the holidays?" That's how he met Jeffrey, who said he hadn't seen his family in 22 years. Within days, Jeffrey's video reached his family. Soon, they were reunited. And Miracle Messages was born.

To request Kevin as a speaker, please visit his personal site.

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.


Community Leaders

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Jeff Firestone
South Florida Program Facilitator

Jeff Firestone has been helping homeless organization  raise awareness and donations through his fundraising tee shirt company at www.chariTEES.org

He is well known to The National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington DC as well as the Palm Beach Coalition for the Homeless and its residence facility at the Lewis Center, which will be our first Florida strategic partner. In addition to helping up connect with organizations serving homeless individuals in the South Florida region, Jeff will be volunteering his time meeting those residents who wish to reconnect with their loved ones. 

Contact Jeff:

[email protected]

(561) 440-9840

 


Advisors

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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. Gary has helped advise around fundraising strategy and mission / values-alignment.

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Dana Barrette

President of Displays2go, a leading direct marketer, manufacturer, and distributor of retail, POP and trade show displays. Dana has helped develop our corporate engagement strategy and culture ethos.
 

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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. Don has guided our program model.

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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. Kate has helped develop our program model and tech startup partnership strategy. 

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Dr. Robert Okin

Professor Emeritus at UCSF School of Medicine; Former chief of service of the SF General Hospital Dept. of Psychiatry; Author of Silent Voices: People with Mental Disorders on the Street. Bob has advised our impact model.

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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. Chris has helped develop our product vision and tech strategy.

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Patricia Suflita Wilson

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


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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.