Mike Feinberg is co-founder of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation and the superintendent of KIPP Houston, which includes seven middle schools, three early childhood and elementary schools and a high school. Mr. Feinberg received a bachelor of arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and a masters of education from National-Louis University in 2005. After graduating from Penn, Mr. Feinberg joined Teach For America and taught 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 66 high-performing public schools around the nation. In 2004, Mr. Feinberg was named an Ashoka Fellow, awarded to leading social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions and the potential to change patterns across society. In 2005, Mr. Feinberg was the commencement speaker for the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. Also in 2005, Mr. Feinberg led the effort to start a public K-8 school in Houston for Hurricane Katrina evacuees from New Orleans. The school, NOW College Prep (New Orleans West), opened in 10 days. In 2006, Mr. Feinberg and Mr. Levin were awarded The Thomas B. Fordham Prize for Excellence in Education, and the National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen. Most recently, Mr. Feinberg and Mr. Levin were named to the list of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report and received the Presidential Citizens Medal in the oval office of the White House. KIPP has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS 60 Minutes, ABC World News Tonight, and in The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Washington Post, and more.