Miriam Altman is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. A former NYC Department of Education high school history teacher, she is CEO and Co-founder of Kinvolved, a social enterprise that catalyzes communities to elevate student attendance. Kinvolved achieves this mission through a three-pronged approach: Community Summits, Teacher and Leader Coaching, and its attendance management software, KiNVO. Miriam’s responsibilities include strategic planning and execution, business development and sales, fundraising and investor relations, and external relations, among others.
In the most recent fiscal year, the company's revenues surpassed expectations, growing by more than 130 percent. Attendance among Kinvolved partner schools increased 13 times that of their peer schools.
Kinvolved has been featured in press, including the New York Times, and has won awards from The Robin Hood Foundation, Teach For America, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, and more. Miriam and her co-founder are winners of the Gratitude Award, Forbes 30 Under 30, and the Jo Ivey Boufford Award for Innovative Solutions to Public Service Challenges by New York University.
Miriam is a 2018 School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Entrepreneurial Fellow at Columbia University in 2018, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation entrepreneur. She is also an Education Pioneers Fellow and Teach For America Corps alumna.
Miriam is a mentor for the Social Innovation Initiative and Women's Launch Pad at Brown University from which she graduated with a BA with Honors. She also holds an MPA from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, an MA, Ed., from Lehman College.
As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization or working on a pre-approved, team-generated project in which they develop a business case or prototype to create social impact or launch a social enterprise.