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 a book on social capital and disasters. Kevin is a 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar, a 2016 TED Resident and Speaker, and 2010-11 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.

Jess Donig
Executive Director

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.


Community Ambassadors

Brian Whitten  and  Beverly Stevenson  are our first two formerly homeless Community Ambassadors. Each week, they offer Miracle Messages in the Tenderloin in San Francisco. Working for Miracle Messages is their first job since they have been on-the-streets. They are invaluable members of our core team, and have become the heartbeat of our nonprofit.

Brian Whitten and Beverly Stevenson are our first two formerly homeless Community Ambassadors. Each week, they offer Miracle Messages in the Tenderloin in San Francisco. Working for Miracle Messages is their first job since they have been on-the-streets. They are invaluable members of our core team, and have become the heartbeat of our nonprofit.


Directors

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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.

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.


Advisors

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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

Emily Dong

CEO at Pawprint, the official pet medical record. YC fellow and 500 startups founder; former developer, product manager and consultant.

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.

Chris Messina

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

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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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).

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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Najee Thornton

Corporate attorney at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Dedicated to bringing members of our community together through private practice and public service.


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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.