Dr. Mike Feinberg is Co-Founder of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation and Executive Vice Chair of KIPP Houston, which includes 22 public charter schools: ten middle schools, eight primary schools, and four high schools serving over 11,000 children. KIPP schools are sending low income children to and through college at rates 5 times the national average. To date, 90% of the KIPPsters who have left the KIPP Houston middle schools have gone on to college, and 52% of those former middle school KIPPsters have graduated from college (compared with a national college graduation rate for low income children of 8%).
Mike received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and a Masters of Education from National-Louis University in 2005. In 2010, Yale University awarded Mike an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters. After graduating from Penn, Mike joined Teach For America and taught bilingual fifth grade in Houston, Texas. In 1994, he co-founded KIPP with Dave Levin and established KIPP Academy Houston a year later. In 2000, he co-founded the KIPP Foundation to help take KIPP to scale. Today, KIPP is a network of 162 high-performing public schools around the nation serving nearly 60,000 children.