Less than 20% of chronically absent students will earn their diploma.

Student attendance is the leading indicator of high school graduation. If we want our kids to show up for school—to find a path out of poverty and toward lifelong success—we have to show up for kids.

Kinvolved galvanizes students, parents, teachers, leaders, and community stakeholders around a shared goal: To increase student achievement by minimizing absenteeism.

We take a holistic approach to fighting chronic absenteeism, combining technology tools and human interventions to change the deeply ingrained behaviors and external factors affecting student attendance, including poverty, racism, and socio-economic exclusion.

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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.

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.

Xantal Tejada

Xantal Tejada

Client Success Coordinator

Xantal supports KiNVO’s users by providing assistance with technical and strategic product questions, conducting online trainings, and managing social media inquiries.

Xantal was born and raised in Guatemala. In 2012, she moved to the US to attend University of San Francisco, where she graduated with honors as a Communication Studies major with an emphasis on Peace and Justice Studies. Xantal participated in the International Peace and Security Institute’s Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation Symposium, and later moved to the East Coast, where she joined Kinvolved in 2017.

Hadeel Hassaan - MArketing and Community Engagement Fellow

Hadeel Hassaan

Community Engagement and Marketing Fellow

Hadeel is an Atlas Corps Fellow, serving at Kinvolved, NYC 2017/2018. Hadeel earned a Bachelor's of Science in Economics from Cairo University in Egypt and a Diploma in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Through her work as a Senior Business Development Executive and a certified Innovation Facilitator at the Information Technology Institute, Hadeel worked to profoundly scale up the impact of the Egyptian youth in the ICT workplace. She helped to cultivate an entrepreneurial culture and mindset among Egypt's aspiring talents by managing the Virtual Incubation Program in partnership with Waterloo University in Canada. Hadeel is a Gabr Fellow 2016, between the U.S. and Egypt. She has been to The White House, United States Congress, International Monetary Fund, and other esteemed entities both in Egypt & the U.S. to address local, regional, and global challenges and to discuss projects & initiatives orchestrated to build strong ties between the two countries. Previously, Hadeel has worked at Ashoka Arab World, promoting Social Entrepreneurship in the Arab World and empowering social ventures and NGOs in Egypt. She is strongly passionate about people, ideas, stories, cultures, creating a more interconnected world, and good coffee.
Tom Cl;arke

Tom Clarke

Kinvolved Technology Director; CEO and Founder of u2i

Tom is responsible for building the technology team that supports Kinvolved and for developing Kinvolved’s technology strategy.

Tom co-founded u2i in 2000 and has been building smart, passionate, tightly integrated teams to ensure u2i’s partners are successful. Tom and u2i have created a stable and predictable technology process that supports rapid development and has freed up internal teams to focus on developing the product and the business.

Tom has a computer science and software development background and holds a BEng in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.

Doug Roberts

Doug Roberts

Business Development & District Partnerships Advisor

Doug Roberts is a proven leader of business development, marketing, and product management efforts in the K–12 curriculum and technology space. For more than 15 years, Doug has led partnerships between growing educational technology organizations and school districts nationwide. He is known by district leaders as a trusted partner who delivers high-quality, high-touch services and develops plans and solutions to meet district needs.

A former public high school social studies teacher, Doug graduated from Princeton University and earned an Ed.M. in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

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