After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Mike Feinberg joined Teach For America where he was a fifth-grade bilingual teacher in Houston, Texas, for three years. In 1994, he co-founded the Knowledge is Power Program with Dave Levin, and the next year went on to found KIPP Academy in Houston. Mike now supports KIPP regions and global development for the KIPP Foundation, along with continuing a board leadership role within KIPP Houston.
Mike and Dave have been awarded the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, our nation’s second highest presidential award for a private citizen; Thomas Fordham Foundation Prize for Valor; the National Jefferson Award for Distinguished Public Service by a Private Citizen; the Charles Bronfman Prize; the Ashoka Fellowship; the McGraw Hill Prize; and the National Community Service Award from Spelman College.
Mike holds an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from both Yale University and Duke University. He holds a Masters of Education from National-Louis University, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Society of Fellows of the University of Houstons Honors College.