Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
A former NYC Department of Education high school history teacher, Miriam is CEO and Co-founder of Kinvolved, a social enterprise that has launched a movement to elevate student attendance by including families in education. Kinvolved’s mobile and web app, KiNVO, enables K-12 school staff to access informative attendance data and to engage families through real-time, translated, text messaging.
Under Miriam’s leadership, Kinvolved has grown to exceed 115,000 users, while revenues have grown 250% in FY 2017 to date. In the 2015-2016 school year, attendance among Kinvolved partner high schools increased 13 times that of their peer schools.
Kinvolved has been featured in press including the New York Times, and has won awards from The Robin Hood Foundation, Teach For America, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, and more. Miriam and her co-founder are winners of the Gratitude Award, Forbes 30 Under 30, and the Jo Ivey Boufford Award for Innovative Solutions to Public Service Challenges, by New York University.
Miriam is co-leader of the preK-12 Collective Action Network for South Bronx Rising Together. She is also a mentor for the Social Innovation Initiative and Women’s LaunchPad at Brown University, from which she graduated with a BA with Honors. She also holds an MPA from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, an MA, Ed., from Lehman College.
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer
Alexandra Meis is Co-founder and Chief Product Officer for Kinvolved. Alex is responsible for overseeing all matters related to the development of the product, the technical team, as well as Kinvolved’s impact-related work.
Alex has taken the Kinvolved product from wireframes in 2012, to a one-school beta test in the 2012-2013 school year to reach 50,000 stakeholders in eight states in the 2015-2016 school year. She also managed development of and ongoing support for Kinvovled’s Campus Kit, a Robin Hood Foundation funded app.
Prior to co-founding Kinvolved, Alex worked in the South Bronx educating and advocating for families of children with special needs. Alex is a 2012 Education Pioneers Fellow, where she worked with Teach For America and Leadership for Educational Equity developing scalable eLearning platforms.
Alex holds an MPA in Health Policy and Analysis from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service, and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology and Sociology from Lafayette College. Alex received the Jo Ivey Boufford Award for Innovative Solutions to Public Service Challenges from New York University in 2013. She was named an Ashoka American Express Emerging Innovator in 2014. She was recently named to the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community as a leader in entrepreneurship. She was also named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in education in 2015, with her co-founder Miriam Altman.
Alex is an avid supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She also enjoys spending the weekends with her dog, Jolly.
Research and Impact Liaison
Arianna Diaz is responsible for creating monthly marketing campaigns, managing online advertisement, and tracking social media metrics.
Arianna is currently a senior at Brown University, concentrating in Urban Studies. She first started working for Kinvolved as a Business Development Intern the summer of 2016. Prior to working for Kinvolved, Arianna worked as a Marketing Intern at Alliance Residential Company in her hometown, Phoenix, Arizona.
Throughout her time at Brown, Arianna has engaged with the Providence community by volunteering with Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment Program, which is a student-led organization that pairs undergraduate tutors with students in refugee families that have recently relocated to Providence. She also volunteers with Brown Elementary Afterschool Mentoring Program, which offers daily clubs to students at William D’Abate Elementary School.
In her free time, Arianna enjoys baking and trying her hand at DIY projects.
Runy designs all assets for Kinvolved--including the website, UI/UX design and strategy on the web and mobile app, social media pages, marketing materials, posters and display items--and ensures alignment with the business objectives of the company.
Runy was born and raised in Zimbabwe. After graduating from the University of Zimbabwe with a BSc. Honors Degree in Economics, he managed a small commercial farm. He moved to Alexandria, Virginia, in 1999 and completed his postgraduate degree in Information Systems at Strayer University. He worked as a lighting designer for a leading Washington, D.C event lighting company while also freelancing as a graphic designer for several national and international non-profit organizations.
Runy moved to New York late in 2013 and continued to freelance as both a graphic and web designer, as well as a photographer, doing work in the U.S. and also in Africa for USAID's PRISM project.
In his spare time, Runy enjoys traveling, playing rugby and surfing.
Consultant, Technology Development
As the CEO of Kinvolved’s technology partner, Tom Clarke has been responsible for building the technology team that supports Kinvolved and developing Kinvolved’s technology strategy.
Since taking over the technology at Kinvolved in 2015, Tom and u2i have created a stable and predictable technology process that supports rapid development and has freed up the product team to focus on developing the product and the business.
Tom co-founded u2i in 2000 and has been building smart, passionate and tightly integrated teams that have been able to make u2i’s partners successful over the long term. Most notably we took NielsenSocial, Nielsen’s Social TV analytics platform from a small prototype in 2008, through fundraising, and then acquisition in 2012. And u2i continues in this role today, now with a team of 23 people. Today, u2i’s primary focus is on finding early stage start ups with the potential to be long term partners for u2i.
Tom has a Computer Science and software development background holds a BEng in Computer System’s engineering from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.
Consultant, District Partnerships
Doug Roberts, is a proven leader of business development, marketing, and product management efforts at several leading K-12 assessment and curriculum technology shops.
Doug represents Kinvolved, in conversations with state, regional, and local educational agencies, and potential K-12 industry partners.
A 10-year veteran of the K-12 industry, Doug’s career highlights include:
- - Public high school social studies teacher
- - Directed a nationwide implementation of Project Achieve, Inc.’s early-stage implementation of web-based software to help schools meet the accountability requirements of NCLB legislation
- - Led the development of Edusoft’s Formative Assessment Item Bank, which helped solidify the product’s position in the California market, leading to acquisition by Houghton Mifflin
- - Developed early-stage product prototypes that eventually became mainstays of Wireless Generation’s highly successful mCLASS® product line
- - Helped Wireless Generation establish a presence in the West; built a $2M renewable book of business, including partnerships with Clark County (NV), Oakland Unified (CA), Renton (WA), and Salem (OR) school districts, as well as the Delaware state Department of Education
Doug graduated from Princeton University and earned an Ed.M. in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
School Partnership Manager
Prior to joining Kinvolved in 2016, David worked with several different ed tech start ups. He is passionate about helping companies grow by seeking out new prospects and transforming existing clients into long term relationships.
As School Partnership Manager, David is responsible for increasing school partnerships in New York City along with seeking out new prospective partners in other areas throughout the United States.
David studied Finance and Marketing at The Ohio State University.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife Cheryl and twin seven year olds, Benjamin and Jacob. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his family.
Client Success Coordinator
Xantal was born and raised in Guatemala. In 2012, she moved to the United States to attend University of San Francisco, where she graduated with honors as a Communication Studies major with an emphasis on Peace and Justice Studies. While living in San Francisco, Xantal volunteered as a translator for Latin American immigrants during court proceedings, and held varying Public Relations internships with a focus on education.
After graduating in 2016, Xantal participated in the International Peace and Security Institute’s Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation Symposium, and, later moved to the East Coast to work.
Xantal joined Kinvolved in 2017, where she supports KiNVO’s users by providing assistance with technical and strategical product questions, conducting online trainings, and managing our social media accounts.
In her free time, Xantal loves spending time with the people she loves, eating, and traveling.