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Adam Braun

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Adam Braun
Adam Braun at SALT Conference 2013.jpg Adam_Braun_at_SALT_Conference_2013.jpg
Born (1983-10-31) October 31, 1983 (age 37)
New York City, New York, U.S.
🏳️ Nationality
🏫 EducationBrown University (BA)
💼 Occupation
Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise
👪 RelativesScooter Braun (brother)

Adam Braun (born October 31, 1983, New York City) is an American author, entrepreneur, socialite, speaker, and philanthropist. He is founder of Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases access to education for children in the developing world.[1]


Braun was born in New York City to a religious Conservative Jewish family and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut with his siblings Scott (better known as music promoter Scooter Braun), Liza, Sam, and Cornelio.

Braun attended Brown University, where he played varsity basketball for the Brown Bears and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in economics, sociology, and public & private sector organizations.[2]

Braun worked at Bain & Company from 2007 to 2010.[3]

Braun claimed he started Pencils of Promise after being asked for a pencil by a boy in India during a trip.[4]

Braun founded Pencils of Promise as he turned 25 years old in October 2008 with $25 of his own money.[5] Within four years, Pencils of Promise founded over one hundred schools.[6]

He was CEO and co-founder of MissionU, a debt-free higher education program, acquired by WeWork in May 2018[7] where he became COO of WeGrow.[8]

In 2014 he wrote The Promise of a Pencil.


  • Business Insider 40 Under 40 List [9]
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 List [10]
  • Wired Magazine's Smart List of 50 People Changing the World.[11]
  • Named to Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders[12]


  1. https://pencilsofpromise.org/about/people/
  2. Fried, Katrina, and Paul Mobley. Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time. New York: Welcome, 2012, 28.
  3. Burstein, David D. "Innovation Agents: Adam Braun, Justin Bieber, And Pencils Of Promise." Fast Company. N.p., 14 May 2012. Web. 04 Oct. 2012. <http://www.fastcompany.com/1835510/innovation-agents-adam-braun-justin-bieber-and-pencils-promise>.
  4. Halperin, Shirley. "Adam Braun on Pencils of Promise and How Justin Bieber Is 'Making the World Better'" The Hollywood Reporter 28 July 2011: n. pag. Web. 11 Oct. 2012. <http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/adam-braun-pencils-promise-how-216267>.
  5. Adam Braun: How He Started Pencils of Promise. – Forbes.
  6. 30 Under 30: Education. Forbes.
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-01-13. Retrieved 2017-11-09. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. "Welcoming Adam Braun to WeGrow". Newsroom. 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  9. http://www.businessinsider.com/business-insider-40-under-40-people-to-watch-2014-11?op=1
  10. https://www.forbes.com/pictures/lml45mkil/adam-braun-29-founder-and-ceo-pencils-of-promise/
  11. Wired UK Staff. "The Smart List 2012: 50 People Who Will Change the World."Wired UK. N.p., 24 Jan. 2012. Web. 16 Oct. 2012. <https://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2012/02/features/the-smart-list?page=5>.
  12. "Meet the SuperSoul100: The World's Biggest Trailblazers in One Room". O Magazine. 1 Aug 2016. Retrieved 5 Jul 2018.

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