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

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.

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.

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

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 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.

Natasha Parkinson

Customer Support Associate

Natasha is a Customer Support Associate who prides herself on fostering an atmosphere of inclusion, compassion, and empathy. As a mother of two, she is passionate about Kinvolved’s mission and about discovering how to help combat absenteeism at its core.

When she is not working, Natasha enjoys spending time with her two children (16 and 5), involving herself in activism, volunteering, traveling, and photography. She is proud to call Delaware her home.

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.

Jessica Scritchfield

Client Success Manager

Jessica supports our national accounts, cultivating these relationships and helping them reach their family engagement and attendance goals. Prior to joining Kinvolved Jessica, spent almost a decade helping districts across the country implement curriculum into their summer and after school programs and supporting their professional development workshops. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and a MBA in Management from Tiffin University. When Jessica is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband Andrew, and two children, Ayla and Brayden. You can find them at a variety of sporting events for their kids, at the golf course or enjoying some time on the lake.

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.

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.

Meet Our Advisory Board

Chaka Booker

Chaka Booker is a managing director for The Broad Center, a national organization focused on leadership development in public education. He serves on boards and advisory boards including the National Head Start Association, National Association of Charter School Authorizers and Renaissance Learning. He is a Forbes contributor on leadership and entrepreneurship as well as the author of two books; Mastering The Hire: 12 Strategies to Improve Your Odds of Finding the Best Hire and The Empowered Candidate: The Power You Have to Land the Job You Deserve. Booker has degrees in economics and psychology from UCLA and an MBA from Stanford University.

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.

David Hardy

David is the founder and CEO of a social equity consulting firm, Made By Change, that aims to support leaders in eradicating their ecosystems of social inequities. He also serves as an educational equity strategic advisor for Education Elements. Prior to this work, David led the state turnaround efforts of the second lowest-performing district in Ohio. As the CEO of Lorain City Schools, the district received its highest performance marks in nearly a quarter-century, moving the district from an F grade to a B grade in the Achievement Gap Closing metric, and is touted as being in the top ten percent of the fastest improving school districts of the state of Ohio’s 646 school districts by State Superintendent DeMaria. Previously, David was the Deputy Superintendent of Academics for St. Louis Public Schools. Under his leadership, St. Louis Public Schools receiving full accreditation for the first time in 15 years. David earned his bachelor’s degree in economics as a scholar-athlete from Colgate University. He has also earned his Master’s degree in Urban Education from Teachers’ College, Columbia University and will complete his doctorate from Columbia University in 2021.

Stephanie Khurana

Stephanie is a member of DRK’s Operating Committee, a leadership team that sets priorities, manages organizational culture and develops strategies for the Foundation and serves as a Managing Director of the Foundation where she plays a lead role in sourcing new investments and working with the leadership of those organizations as an operating partner and board member as they grow to build capacity and to achieve their maximum impact. As a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team, she also helps to execute the Foundation’s strategy and goals and contributes to its thought leadership and external outreach. Stephanie currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations GlobalXplorer, Kinvolved, Onward, Propel America, Trey Athletes, and WattTime. She previously served on the boards of DRK grantees Braven, EdBuild, Empower Schools, and Immigrant Justice Corps.

She received her BS in Applied Economics with a concentration in International Relations from Cornell University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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'Connor

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.

John Yoo

John Yoo is an executive, advisor and entrepreneur, leading successful businesses at the intersection of education, technology and commerce. Currently, John is Chief Product Officer at Noodle, an online program manager assisting the digital transformation of higher education. He has held various leadership and product roles as CEO of ProcureK12, and Teachers Pay Teachers, the world's first and largest online open marketplace for teachers.
John has a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. He earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Wesleyan University.

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