Kinvolved is the only organization that addresses attendance at its roots so that every student is set up for success.

We take an equitable and holistic approach to tackling absenteeism, combining our software KiNVO with research-based human interventions to change the deeply ingrained behaviors and external factors affecting student attendance, including poverty, racism, and socio-economic exclusion.

Our work is effective, helping districts across the country achieve remarkable outcomes such as reducing chronic absenteeism for ELL students by 22% and improving graduation rates by 11%.

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Miriam Altman, CEO and Co-founder

Miriam Altman

CEO and Co-Founder

A former NYC DOE high school history teacher, Miriam leads Kinvolved’s strategic planning and execution, business development and sales, fundraising and grants management, and investor and external relations.

As a teacher, Miriam observed first-hand the impact attendance, and absenteeism, had on her students. She helped launch her school’s first Attendance Team, a group of faculty charged with implementing strategies to increase school-wide attendance. She found that the most successful intervention was to ensure families were informed of, and involved in, attendance conversations.
In addition to her leadership role at Kinvolved, Miriam is co-leader of the Attendance Subcommittee for South Bronx Rising Together, a STRIVE Together Collective Impact Organization, and a mentor for the Social Innovation Initiative and Women's Launch Pad at Brown University, from which she graduated with an Honors BA. She holds an MPA from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, and a MA, Ed., from Lehman College.

Alexandra Meis

CPO & Co-Founder

Alexandra manages Kinvolved’s growth on the ground, and bring to her work a deep empathy for families and end users. Her responsibilities include product and technical development, client success and operations, and impact evaluation. She also manages development of, and ongoing support for, Kinvolved’s Campus Kit, a Robin Hood Foundation-funded higher education mobile app.

Prior to Kinvolved, as an AmeriCorps VISTA member Alexandra served communities in the South Bronx, educating and advocating for families of children with special needs. She organized a support group for parents of children with autism, which she grow from five to more than one hundred participants over five years.
Alexandra is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community; she also mentors entrepreneurs in New York University’s Accelerator Programs. She holds an MPA in Health Policy and Analysis from NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a BA in Psychology from Lafayette College.

Kamil Bednarz

Lead Software Engineer

Kamil is a lead software engineer at Kinvolved, responsible for designing technical solutions, setting high standards of the development process, and making sure all Kinvolved's systems are operational. He has more than 10 years of experience in IT, mostly in the ed-tech sector. Before joining Kinvolved in 2015, he was building solutions for small non-profit organizations as well as for ed-tech giants like Scholastic.

Kamil holds a master's degree in computer science at Krakow's AGH University of Science and Technology. Amateur soccer player and rock climber. Recently started his new life adventure as a dad.

Ramelle Brown

Ramelle Brown

Data Analytics and Insights Manager

Ramelle is responsible for managing school district data integrations with Kinvolved. She works closely with our technical team and school districts to launch KiNVO and support users with ongoing data needs.

Ramelle joined Kinvolved with several years of experience in New York City schools both in direct service and data systems management. In both the NYC Department of Education and charter sector, she has worked with educators to create attendance policies and interventions as well as developed data systems and tools designed for school administration and faculty.

Ramelle is currently an MPA candidate at NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and holds a BA in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy from Kenyon College.

Eric Daniels

Manager of District Partnerships

With nearly a decade of experience in ed-tech, Eric is responsible for developing new District Partnerships.

As a father of 2 children in the public school system, and serving as a member of the Nutley School District's pandemic task force, Eric knows how important attendance is. He also understands the trouble that comes as a result of chronic absenteeism, for the student, family, and school

Most recently, Eric served as Director of Sales Operations for The RTM Business Group for nearly 7 years. While there, he built a tremendous network of solution providers and senior level District Leaders, helping them connect and develop meaningful partnerships.

When not at work, Eric enjoys spending time with his family (Wife, 13 year old daughter, 10 year old son, and puppy, Max). He loves all sports, both playing and watching. Eric is also an avid video game player and collects memorabilia and sports cards from major sports.

Ruth Frias

Ruth Frias

Client Success Coordinator, New York City

Ruth works hand-in-hand with our school leaders and teachers based in the New York City Department of Education. She supports client onboarding, training, and renewal by developing and implementing systems to gather feedback, facilitating in-person and virtual trainings, and building relationships with key stakeholders.

Ruth is a Teach For America alumni who taught middle school science for 3 years. She holds a BA in Psychology from Hartwick College and an M.A.T in teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Ruth is currently pursuing an MA in Industrial Organizational Psychology at Brooklyn College. As a native New Yorker, she is excited to stay in the city she loves as a member of the team.

Tomas Gurgul

Software Developer

Tomek is a software developer at Kinvolved. While being responsible for the ongoing feature development, Tomek works on new school districts integrations, makes sure that the data in KiNVO stays in perfect match with student information systems and puts a special focus on the attendance recording systems.

Having received a master's degree in computer science at Krakow's AGH University of Science and Technology, Tomek gained years of professional experience in IT working on e-commerce and big data projects. Fascinated by the ed-tech sector and Kinvolved's mission, he joinedthe team in 2017.

Tomek is truly passionate about music. He is a guitarist in a doom metal band Monasterium.

David Kaye

David Kaye

Manager of School and District Partnerships

David focuses on establishing long term partnerships with NYC DOE schools and building productive relationships with district personnel, non-profits, and community stakeholders.

David joined Kinvolved in 2015 and is very proud of the results Kinvolved is helping schools achieve, particularly as they relate to improving student outcomes.

As a father, David has first-hand experience with the effects that Chronic Absenteeism can have — not only on a child, but on an entire family. Consequently, he remains passionate about the work that he does and is committed to increasing the meaningful impact that Kinvolved has on schools and their respective communities.

Prior to joining Kinvolved, David spent over a decade helping a variety of Ed-tech startups. When David is not at work, he loves spending time with his ten year old twins, playing pick-up basketball, and going to the movies with his wife.

Kamil Kokoc

Software Developer

Kamil is a software developer at Kinvolved. His main responsibilities are building new features for both the mobile application and the website, improving the messaging system and building Kinvolved's school district data integrations. He was a part of a technical team that is responsible for creating the first
fully moderated social network for kids and has several years of experience as a big data engineer. Kamil is fueled by his passion for understanding the
positive impact of the new technologies on the everyday life of society. He considers himself a 'forever student', eager to both learn new technologies
and build new solutions.

In his free time he is an ice hockey fan, likes riding motorbikes and is working hard on growing his beard.

Shama Lakwdala

Shama Lakdawala

Finance and Operations Manager

Shama supports the strategic partnership team by developing and executing processes that support network expansion, cultivating relationships with industry professionals, and implementing strategies that extend Kinvolved's ad reach. She holds degrees in General Studies and Arts from Oakland College and has spent ten years working with small businesses. A Michigan native, Shama now lives in NYC with her puggle, Mario.
Rebeca Leininger

Rebeca Leininger

Client Success Coordinator

Rebeca supports KiNVO’s users by providing technical and strategic product support and training.

Rebeca is an experienced customer service professional with experience in the healthcare and commercial service industries. She has successfully led remote teams, account management, and client on-boarding and training.

Rebeca holds a BS in Business Management from Colorado State University. During her time at CSU, she also received an award of achievement in Applied Strategic Management for demonstrating excellent understanding and practical application of several different principles of business management during the Capstone Business Simulation process.

Rebeca is a native Texan residing in San Antonio. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and camping with her family.

Patrick McLaughlin Kinvolved

Patrick McLaughlin

Director of Marketing

Patrick leads the marketing work at Kinvolved where he strives to attract new users and delight existing users.

Patrick is a former teacher and education technology entrepreneur who believes attendance and community engagement are paramount to student success. He joined Kinvolved after leading the marketing team at Open Up Resources, where he helped grow the organization and place high-quality curriculum into the hands of over 600,000 students. Prior to this, he was a marketing and communications consultant for UnboundEd.

Patrick resides in Colorado. When he's not at his desk working to help students, he's likely hiking, camping, or skiing in the Rocky Mountains.

Runy Pswarayi

Runy Pswarayi

Creative Director

Runy leads all creative work at Kinvolved, designing all digital and print assets and ensuring a consistent, aesthetically pleasing user experience. He also works with the product and technical teams to design UI/UX for Kinvolved’s software applications.

Runy was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where he graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a BSc. Honors Degree in Economics. He moved to the US in 1999 and completed his postgraduate degree in Information Systems at Strayer University. He worked as a designer for global non-profit organizations before joining Kinvolved in 2015.

Sumit Singh

Sumit Singh

Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations

Sumit leads Kinvolved’s finance and operational functions, where he supports the creation and execution of the company’s overall strategy and mission.

He joins Kinvolved after leading all global M&A activities for Enstoa, a high growth technology company, where he was responsible for both strategic and geographic expansion. Prior, he worked at Interplay Ventures, a venture capital firm and venture studio, where he helped incubate and invest in early stage companies, including those in education technology. Sumit's passion and drive is working on bringing new ideas and innovation to reality, which has driven him to work hand in hand with some of the leading innovators of their industry.

In his spare time Sumit sits on the board of Next Generation Leaders Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to cultivating leadership through academic, community leadership and professional success. He holds both a B.S degree from St. John's University and a J.D. degree from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University with accelerated graduation.

Meet Our Advisory Board

Tommy Chang

Dr. Tommy Chang is an education leader who has worked across the country, most recently serving as the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools from 2015–18. During his tenure, graduation rates increased, and dropout rates decreased, and the school district had more high-performing schools than ever before. Before leading the school system in Boston, Dr. Chang served as the local instructional superintendent of the Intensive Support & Innovation Center at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where he focused on school turnaround efforts and supported innovative school models in the district.

He is a fearless advocate for educational equity and fosters safe, welcoming, and sustaining learning environments for all students, including immigrants, LGBTQ youth, court-involved students, and homeless youth. He is formerly a biology teacher at Compton High School, founding principal of a charter school in Venice, California, and special assistant to the superintendent of LAUSD.

A native of Taiwan who immigrated with his family to the U.S. at age six, Dr. Chang grew up in Los Angeles and holds an Ed.D. from Loyola Marymount University, M.Ed.’s from the Principals Leadership Institute and the Teachers Education Program at the University of California Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

He is a member of Chiefs for Change, a non-profit organization led by bold and innovative district and state education chiefs, and Education Leaders of Color, an organization dedicated to elevating the leadership, voices, and influence of people of color in education and to leading more inclusive efforts to improve education.

Peter Bencivenga

Bio coming soon.

Jim Mylen

Jim Mylen is the Senior Advisor, Education at Emerson Collective. Jim has spent his entire career working with classroom teachers, school principals, and district leaders to improve and implement their curriculum, technology, assessment, and professional development initiatives.

Prior to joining the Emerson Collective team, Jim was President at Amplify, Inc. where he led the sales organization through one of the largest growth cycles the company experienced.

His EdTech career began over 30 years ago when the Apple II and IBM PC were first introduced to schools. He was part of a team that developed one of the first EdTech products for public education; a PC-based test scoring software program that allowed districts and teachers to instantly scan and score assessments and use actionable data to inform instruction.

Megan O'Conner

Megan O’Connor is an entrepreneur solving complex with a societal related to education and the future of work. As the founder and CEO of Clark (acquired by Noodle), Megan set out to provide educators with the economic opportunities they deserve by giving them tools to start tutoring businesses. Under her leadership, Clark served thousands of educators and raised funding from Lightspeed Ventures Partners, Human Ventures, Rethink Education, and more. Before Clark, Megan was a founding partner of New York-based startup studio Human Ventures and Director of Development at the nonprofit Pencils of Promise. Most recently, Megan served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Kaplan, one of the world's largest and most diverse education providers.

Megan has an MPA from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service and a BA from Santa Clara University. A Silicon Valley native, Megan lives and works in New York City.

Martin Schneider

BOARD CHAIR, IDEO.ORG + MANAGING PARTNER, FINE CAPITAL PARTNERS

In addition to being the Chair of IDEO.org's Board of Directors, Martin Schneider is a Managing Partner at Fine Capital Partners, a hedge fund based in New York City. Marty is the Founder and former President of Health Pages, a consumer website devoted to providing consumers with background, experience, and quality information about health care providers. He is also the Founder and former President of Physician Hospital Alliance, a company that provided out-patient medical services.

He currently serves as Chair of the Boards of Peer Health Exchange and Informed Patient Institute, and as Treasurer of the Boards of Consumer Reports and Populations Services International (PSI), and a partner at TSEF (The Social Entrepreneurs Fund).

He received a BA from Amherst College, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and an MSc from The London School of Economics. When his hip isn’t bothering him, he runs marathons and lives on the Upper West Side with his wife and three children.

Paula Reed

Paula Reed has over 20 years of K-12 and higher education experience in leadership, professional development, sales and marketing strategies. She is best known for building and maintaining relationships with over 200 superintendents and education administrators from across the country. Her expertise is in providing advisement to companies about the K12 industry, trends, as well as sales and marketing strategies. She’s has developed and facilitated customized professional development and executive coaching to aide in the success and growth of sales representatives and client success teams. Her passion is working with organizations whose genuine mission is to offer services that significantly improve and equalize the education playing field for all students and their communities.

Paula received a B.A from University of Maryland, College Park. She has a graduate certificate in Executive Leadership and a certification for Diversity and Inclusion Training from University of Maryland, University College. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

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