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.
Chief Operating Officer
Zvia Schoenberg is the Chief Operating Officer for Kinvolved. Her work includes managing the delivery of Kinvolved to all client schools, strategy and growth, talent, and legal matters, including student data privacy.
Prior to joining Kinvolved, Zvia spent more than 15 years working with innovative organizations in the K12 sector. Zvia has served in strategy, operations, business, and legal roles within K12 education institutions including networks of schools such as Edison Schools, Avenues, and the Ascend Learning Charter School Network; the New York City Department of Education; and stand-alone schools.
Zvia started her career as a lawyer at Fried Frank, where she managed the firm’s pro bono charter school practice and represented the first charter school to open in New York, The Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem.
Zvia received her JD from the New York University School of Law, where she was Editor in Chief of the Environmental Law Journal, and her BA from Washington University in St. Louis. She currently co-chairs the NYC chapter of EdTechWomen, and previously she served on the Education & Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Zvia has been invited to speak as an expert panelist at state and national education conferences. She is fluent in Spanish.
Zvia’s two daughters are enrolled in a NYC public school in Brooklyn.
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.
Amelia Waliany, Manager,
Strategic Partnership and Product Implementation
Amelia is responsible for delivering the Kinvolved product to school clients, managing client relationships, product development, and impact-related work.
Prior to joining Kinvolved, Amelia spent three years at the New York City Department of Education in roles across both the Division of Teaching & Learning and the Office of the General Counsel. In these roles she managed the implementation of Common Core-aligned curriculum materials across New York City’s 1,700+ schools; oversaw operations and logistics for the annual high-stakes School Quality Reviews; and managed complex legal investigations and pre-trial preparations for teacher disciplinary proceedings.
Amelia holds a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, and is a recipient of the Pro Bono Service Award of Excellence. For two years, she represented children across the 5 boroughs in long-term abuse, neglect and immigration cases. Before earning her J.D., Amelia received her BA in Psychology, with a Minor in Social Work from New York University.
Amelia has been invited to speak as an expert panelist at the New York City Bar Association, and at the Strategic Design & Management program at Parsons School of Design. She is a graduate of General Assembly’s Product Management course.
In her free time, she enjoys distance running, ceramic arts and traveling.
Charlotte Lysohir, Manager,
Strategic Partnerships and Product Implementation
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.