Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
Miriam Altman is Chief Executive Officer of Kinvolved. Miriam is responsible for the overall success of the company.
When Miriam taught history at a NYC public high school, she developed strategies to improve student attendance, which she found to be by far the most significant factor affecting her students’ academic progress. Her classroom experience informed the design and launch of Kinvolved.
Under Miriam’ leadership, Kinvolved has been featured in the New York Times and several other national press outlets, and has won the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute Policy Challenge, New York University Venture Challenge, Robin Hood College Success Prize, Milken-Penn GSE Competition Grand Prize, and Teach For America Social Innovation Award.
Miriam is co-chair of EdTechWomen’s NYC chapter, and mentors female entrepreneurs through the Social Innovation Initiative and Women’s LaunchPad at Brown University. She holds an MPA from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, from which she received the Jo Ivey Boufford Award for Innovative Solutions to Public Service Challenges. She also holds an MA, Ed., from Lehman College and a BA with Honors from Brown University. She and her co-founder were named on Forbes 30 Under 30 most influential leaders in education, and Miriam was named one of the 30 Women SaaS Founders to Know in NYC, both in 2015.
Miriam was a competitive figure skater for more than 15 years.
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.
Social Media and Marketing Coordinator
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.
Position Available: Impact and Engagement Intern at Kinvolved
Deadline: Thursday, December 15, 11:59PM
Kinvolved, a fast-paced, growing startup located in NYC, is seeking an Impact and Engagement Intern.
Kinvolved is building a movement that elevates student attendance, one of our youth’s most critical Civil Rights. By supporting districts, schools, and nonprofits in creating a community that is inclusive of students, parents, and families of varied backgrounds, research proves that more students attend school.
Kinvolved’s mobile and web app, Kinvo, enables K-12 school staff and families to engage through real-time, translated, text messaging. Through open communication and access to simple attendance data, communities work together to ensure students attend school everyday.
Joining our growing team gives you an opportunity to positively impact the lives of more than 50,000 people in underserved communities. Co-founders, Miriam Altman and Alex Meis, started Kinvolved in 2012 while they were graduate students at NYU. They were named to the 2015 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, a group of the most influential leaders in education today. Read the New York Times to learn about Kinvolved's impact at the secondary school level. WPIX covered Kinvolved's impact in a high need elementary school.
- Internal and external events:
- Attend conferences and community meetings representing Kinvolved.
- Plan, coordinate, and execute Kinvolved-hosted events.
- Marketing and impact:
- Interview key clients to gather feedback on the product and Kinvolved’s impact.
- Analyze data on utilization of the Kinvo app, attendance, and family engagement.
- Compile findings into internal and external reports.
- School client engagement:
- Support clients with technical and strategic product questions.
- Host webinars to train clients in use of the app.
- Create monthly newsletters and demo videos highlighting new features.
- Self-directed, ability to take initiative
- Strong research and written communication skills
- Passionate about the mission
This part time (10-20 hours/week) role reports to the CEO and collaborates with the Chief Product Officer.
***To apply, email the below to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, December 15, 11:59PM. Write, “Impact and Engagement Internship Application - Kinvolved,” in the subject line.
- 2 references
- Writing sample (less than one page)
Charlotte Lysohir, Manager,
Director of Business Development
Charlotte is responsible for delivering the Kinvolved product to school clients, managing client relationships, and business development.
Prior to working at Kinvolved, Charlotte was a Teach For America D.C. Region 2012 Corps Member. For two years she was a Lead Teacher at the city's highest performing charter school, D.C. Prep, and simultaneously earned her M.Ed in Early Childhood Education at George Mason University. After completing her TFA commitment, she taught at KIPP DC LEAP where she completed a third year of teaching and trained a Capitol Teaching Resident. While Charlotte was successful in helping her students achieve measurable academic gains, teaching in these underserved communities expanded her awareness of contributing factors that fall outside of the school zone but strongly effect student learning. At Kinvolved, she is able to reach a larger number of schools and students and drive academic improvement through attendance improvement with technology.
Charlotte holds a BA with honors from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Urban Studies and Sociology, and is a recipient of the Leo Srole Urban Studies Prize.This spring, Charlotte also completed an Introduction to Front-End Web Development course at Flatiron School.
Charlotte is also a founding board member of One Bead, a non-profit that proves that one student, just like one bead, can be a catalyst for change.