Kyle is President, CEO and Co-founder of First Book, as well as an award-winning social entrepreneur with deep experience in designing and applying market-driven business strategies to tackle complex social sector issues. Kyle’s focus on the
intersection of policy, business and social sectors builds on her career experience spanning politics, policy and corporate law.
While serving as an attorney at a Washington, D.C. law firm, Kyle began volunteering at a local soup kitchen. There she became aware of the limited access to books and resources facing children from low-income families and the schools and programs that serve them. Research confirms that this lack of books and educational resources profoundly impacts the ability of individual children to reach their potential, and has long-lasting impacts on workforce development, the economy, the democratic process and the social and cultural health of the country and beyond.
In 1992, Kyle co-founded First Book as a 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise to create a systemic solution to this long-standing issue. First Book’s models successfully aggregate the voice and purchasing power of educators and programs serving children in need, creating a multiplier effect that is empowering educators, transforming educational environments, creating new markets for publishers and content developers, and delivering the widest range of resources for children in
Today First Book (www.firstbook.org) operates in the U.S. and Canada, through offices in Washington, D.C., and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and has worked in more than 30 countries. To date, First Book has provided more than 170 million books and educational resources. In 2016 alone, First Book distributed educational resources valued at more than $135 million to address the opportunity gap and fuel learning.
Kyle and First Book’s work have been recognized by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Fast Company, the World Economic Forum, the Library of Congress, the National Education Association Foundation, the Ms. Foundation for
Women, the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, and others. She currently serves on the Boards of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., Ashoka, Youth Venture and ReadKiddoRead.