ABOUT MARC FREEDMAN

Marc Freedman is CEO and founder of Encore.org (formerly Civic Ventures). He spearheaded the creation of Experience Corps (now AARP Experience Corps), mobilizing Americans over 55 to improve the education of low-income children, and The Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 award for social innovators in the second half of life.

He is author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlifewhich The New York Times calls “an imaginative work with the potential to affect our individual lives and our collective future.” His earlier books include Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of LifePrime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America; and The Kindness of Strangers.

Freedman is a member of The Wall Street Journal's group "The Experts." He is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Skoll Award in Social Entrepreneurship and an Ashoka Senior Fellowship. Fast Company magazine selected him three years in a row as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs. In 2012 AARP The Magazine named Freedman one of "The Influentials," the 50 people over 50 "affecting your life –and your future.” And he was selected recently by The Schwab Foundation and The World Economic Forum as a 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Freedman is a member of the National Council of Washington University's Brown School of Social Work and a member of the board of the L.A. Kitchen.

A high honors graduate of Swarthmore College, Freedman has an M.B.A. from Yale University and was a Visiting Research Fellow of Kings College, University of London. He lives with his wife and children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For media interview requests or speaking invitations, please contact: Danny Friel, special assistant, Encore.org, at dfriel@encore.org.

BIOGRAPHY

Marc Freedman is CEO and founder of Encore.org (formerly Civic Ventures). He spearheaded the creation of Experience Corps (now AARP Experience Corps), mobilizing Americans over 55 to improve the education of low-income children, and The Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 award for social innovators in the second half of life.

Freedman has been described by The New York Times as “the voice of aging baby boomers who are eschewing retirement for … meaningful and sustaining work later in life,” while The Wall Street Journal states, “In the past decade, Mr. Freedman has emerged as a leading voice in discussions nationwide about the changing face of retirement.”

He is author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlifewhich The New York Times calls “an imaginative work with the potential to affect our individual lives and our collective future.” His earlier books include Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life (praised as "wonderful" and "highly recommended" by Library Journal); Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America (hailed by The New York Times as an "inspiring, informative, mind-opening book"); and The Kindness of Strangers.

Widely published and quoted in the national media, Freedman is a member of The Wall Street Journal's group "The Experts." He is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including an Ashoka Senior Fellowship. Fast Company magazine selected him three years in a row as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs. In 2010 The NonProfit Times picked Freedman as one of the 50 most influential individuals in the nonprofit sector. That same year he and Encore.org (then known as Civic Ventures) received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University. In 2012 AARP The Magazine named Freedman one of "The Influentials," the 50 people over 50 "affecting your life – and your future."

A high honors graduate of Swarthmore College, Freedman has an M.B.A. from Yale University and was a Visiting Research Fellow of Kings College, University of London.

He lives with his wife and children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

MEDIA COVERAGE


The New York Times describes Freedman as “the voice of aging baby boomers who are eschewing retirement for … meaningful and sustaining work later in life.”
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The Wall Street Journal calls Freedman “a leading voice in discussions nationwide about the changing face of retirement.”
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HONORS


Freedman Named to NonProfit Times Most Influential List
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Skoll Foundation Gives Freedman and Encore.org (formerlly known as Civic Ventures) Social Entrepreneurship Award
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Fast Company Names Freedman a Social Entrepreneur Who Is Changing the World
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CAPITOL HILL TESTIMONY


Making the case for encore careers, Freedman testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee about how people who willingly work past retirement age can help strengthen Social Security.
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PODCASTS


Freedman explains the shifting nature of retirement and the importance of work with purpose.
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When did retirement stop meaning an endless vacation? Freedman reflects on a new trajectory.
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Freedman discusses encore careers with NPR’s Diane Rehm.
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COMMENTARY


"Why Older Entrepreneurs Have an Edge"
Harvard Business Review

"Goodbye 30-Year Retirements, Hello Encore Years"
Psychology Today

"In Truth, 60 Is the New 60"
AARP Bulletin

“Our `Posterity Deficit’”
The Baltimore Sun

“How to Move Beyond the DIY Transition to Encore Careers”
BusinessWeek

VIDEOS

Got one minute? Hear Freedman's quick take on encore careers, work that is both personally meaningful and helps others.
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Through humor and a look at the history of retirement, Freedman explores a productive, new stage of life opening up between midlife and old age.
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Freedman chats about the millions of boomers entering a new stage of life, which he explores in his book The Big Shift.
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Freedman talks about boomers who are attracted to encore careers because they want to continue working and recognize that “we need to change the world.”
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Freedman discusses the changing face of retirement at the Innovation for a New Old Age event in London.
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