Kevin Byrne, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

TITLE: Managing Director, United States

FUNDING AREAS: K-12 education, charter schools, urban education

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PROFILE: Kevin Byrne is the managing director of U.S. programs at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, based in Austin, Texas. He has been with Dell since 2004, and previously served as their director of U.S. education, where he led efforts to improve urban school districts through performance management. Byrne holds a master’s degree in business strategy from University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, as well as a bachelor’s degree in finance from Mississippi State University.

His foundation bio shares: 

Kevin manages the foundation’s giving in the United States which ranges from large education technology work for better student-centered information for the classroom to projects supporting local nonprofits providing vital services to low income families in Central Texas.  Leveraging more than two decades of working to provide better lives for low income students, he joined the foundation to create the Dell Scholars Program, a college retention and graduation program that is graduating scholars at four times the national rate.  Kevin has been heavily involved in ways to leverage technology and data for the benefit of students and parents through his work with the Texas Student Data System, Ed-Fi, and Scholar Snapp.  In addition, he has worked with national, regional, and local charter management organizations and college preparation and completion programs to get more low income students through college.
Kevin works with our Central Texas grantees that encompass programs working to better prepare students academically to programs that enrich the lives of foster and adoptive children.  He also works with our Health portfolio on projects ranging from transforming health outcomes for a local community to the creation of Dell Medical School.  He has served on boards such as the National Scholarship Providers Association, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, and Saint Louise House in Austin.  Kevin and his wife are also active with several organizations involved in foster care and adoption as well as the Xeroderma Pigmentosum Family Support Group.