Founder and Co-CEO, Encore.org
Marc Freedman, President, CEO and Founder of Encore.org, is one of the nation’s leading experts on the longevity revolution.
He is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel, a frequent commentator in the media, and the author of five books. His newest book — How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations (PublicAffairs/Hachette Book Group, 2018) — was featured in The New York Times and named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the year’s best books on aging.
Freedman has been a speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Economic Forum, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and many colleges and universities.
Originator of the encore career idea linking second acts to the greater good, Freedman co-founded Experience Corps to mobilize people over 50 to improve the school performance and prospects of low-income elementary school students in 22 U.S. cities. He also spearheaded the creation of the Encore Fellowships program, a one-year fellowship helping individuals translate their midlife skills into second acts focused on social impact, and the Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 prize for social entrepreneurs in the second half of life. (AARP now runs both Experience Corps and the Purpose Prize.)
Freedman was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum, was recognized as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs by Fast Company magazine three years in a row, and has been honored with the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and King’s College, University of London.
Freedman is, or has been, on the boards and advisory councils of numerous groups, including The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute, the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging, and the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program.
A high honors graduate of Swarthmore College, Freedman holds an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. He resides in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife, Leslie Gray, and their three children.