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.

We tackle the issue of absenteeism at its roots.

When communities join together to apply research-based best practices for improving attendance, student success soars. Kinvolved™ has developed a suite of complementary tools and services that support all stakeholders: teachers, leaders, students, families, and community members.

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.

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

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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.

Jill Lubow

Marketing Consultant

Jill specializes in strategic communications and education marketing. She helps organizations develop a sound strategy, create a realistic plan mapped to metrics that matter, and execute with artistry. She has served in sales, business development, and marketing roles at education organizations since 2005, and launched her consultancy in 2017.

A native of New York, Jill lives with her husband in Tacoma, WA. Outside the 9–5, Jill is the lead singer of Cover to Cover.

Ramelle Brown

Ramelle Brown

Data and Integrations 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.

Rebeca Leininger

Rebeca Leininger

Customer Support Associate

Rebeca supports KiNVO’s users by providing assistance with technical and strategic product questions and conducting trainings.

Rebeca 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 dependable and genuinely enjoys helping others. She is a native Texan. She lives in San Antonio. Rebeca enjoys traveling and camping with her family.

Shama Lakwdala

Shama Lakdawala

Partnership Operations and Marketing Associate

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.

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