Adam Braun is the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has broken ground on more than 200 schools across Africa, Asia and Latin America for more than 20,000 students. He is also the author of The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change.
Braun began his career on Wall Street, until he met a young boy begging on the street and asked him what he wanted most in the world. The answer- "A pencil." Braun eventually left a dream job at Bain & Company to launch Pencils of Promise with just $25 and in 2013 the organization was recognized as the "Education Organization of the Year" at a showcase held at the United Nations. Braun graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and has been featured through the Clinton Global Initiative, Forbes 30 Under 30 and Wired Magazine’s Smart List of 50 People Changing the World.