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Dr. Mike Feinberg is Co-Founder of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation and Executive Vice Chair of KIPP Houston, which includes 21 public charter schools: 9 middle schools, 9 primary schools, and three high schools. To date, 90% of the KIPPsters who have left the KIPP Houston middle schools have gone on to college. After graduating from Penn, Dr. 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 125 high-performing public schools around the nation serving nearly 40,000 children. In 2005, Dr. 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. Drs. Feinberg and Levin have been awarded The Thomas B. Fordham Prize for Excellence in Education, the National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, and 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. They also were the recipients of the Charles Bronfman Prize, the Manhattan Institute's William E. Simon prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship, and the Guardian of the Human Spirit award by the Holocaust Museum Houston. Dr. Feinberg and Dr. Levin's efforts became the story told by Washington Post reporter, Jay Mathews, in his book "Work hard. Be nice." 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. 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. He is also an Ashoka Fellow. Mike is married to Colleen Dippel, and they have two children: Gus, age 7, and Abadit, age 2, who they adopted from Ethiopia in 2011.