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.


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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.


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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


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.

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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Gary Arabian

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


Lori Campbell

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


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.