Encore.org Staff, Fellows and Advisers

Senior Management

Marc Freedman, CEO and Founder
Jim Emerman, Executive Vice President
Marci Alboher, Vice President
Doug Braley, Vice President, Director of Finance and Administration
Judy Goggin, Vice President
Michelle Hynes, Vice President
Nancy Peterson, Vice President
Sara Ying Rounsaville, Vice President, Communications
Phyllis Segal, Vice President

The Purpose Prize

Aireen Navarro Khauv, Program Associate

The Encore Fellowships Network

Leslye Louie, National Director
Lyle Hurst, Brand and Network Designer
Gina Cassinelli, Community Partnerships Director/Senior Fellow
Antoinette La Belle, Encore Fellowships East Coast Director
Betsy Balassone, Encore Fellow
Mike Gallagher, Encore Fellow

Encore Colleges Initiative

Cal J. Halvorsen, Project and Research Manager

Program Research and Policy

Cal J. Halvorsen, Project and Research Manager

Communications

Sarah Maple, Web Designer
Michele Melendez, Associate Director for Communications

Finance and Administration

Marco Austin, Staff Accountant
Richard Smith, Office Manager (San Francisco)

Senior Fellow

Antoinette La Belle

Senior Advisers

Ellen Babby
David Cohen
Andy Goodman
Alex Harris
Mara Mayor
David Morse


Senior Management

Marc Freedman, CEO and Founder
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.

Email: mfreedman@encore.org
Phone: (415) 617-9173

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Jim Emerman, Executive Vice President
From 2005 to 2008, Jim Emerman was a Encore.org vice president, directing The Purpose Prize. For 17 years prior to joining Encore.org, Emerman worked at the American Society on Aging (ASA), the largest association of professionals working with and on behalf of older adults.

Most recently as ASA's Chief Operating Officer, he had primary responsibility for day-to-day operations and supervised all programmatic activities of the organization, including membership services and programs, publications, marketing, educational programs, special projects, administration, finance, human resources, operations and information systems. He also led ASA's efforts on issues ranging from older worker employment and corporate elder care to assistive and information technology, family caregiving, medication use and public policy, among many others.

Prior to ASA, Emerman held positions of increasing responsibility in the development office of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the time he left the university. He graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with
a bachelor's degree in English literature.

Email: jemerman@encore.org
Phone: (415) 213-8904 

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Marci Alboher, Vice President
One of the nation’s leading authorities on career issues and workplace trends, Marci Alboher shares her expertise through her writing, speaking and media appearances. A former blogger and columnist for The New York Times, Alboher is the author of One Person/Multiple Careers: The Original Guide to the Slash Career. Her latest book is The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life, a step-by-step guide to finding work that serves the greater good. Alboher is regularly called upon for commentary in media outlets around the world, and she has been interviewed by countless news organizations, including NBC’s Today and Nightly News, National Public Radio, AARP, the International Herald Tribune and USA Today. She is on the advisory boards of SheWrites.com, a site for women readers and writers, and The Op-Ed Project, which focuses on increasing the number of women and minority voices in public conversations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the Washington College of Law at The American University.

Email: malboher@encore.org

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Doug Braley, Vice President, Director of Finance and Administration
Doug Braley has more than 26 years of experience in nonprofit management, accounting and human resources. Prior to joining Encore.org in 2002, he served for nine years as the Executive Director of the Horizons Foundation. During his tenure, he initiated collaborative grantmaking and philanthropic programs targeting LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) youth and elders in the San Francisco Bay Area. Work included managing the finances and human resources for Very Special Arts, an educational affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Braley has master’s degrees in arts management and business administration from the University of Maryland, College Park and San Francisco State University, respectively.

Email: dbraley@encore.org
Phone: (415) 213-8902

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Judy Goggin, Vice President
Judy Goggin leads Encore.org's Encore College Initiative, a program that encourages the nation’s colleges to create innovative pathways to encore careers in health care, education, social services and the environment. She led development of Encore.org's Next Chapter™ concept, and is the co-author, with Meg Newhouse, of Life Planning for the Third Age: A Design Guide and Toolkit. Goggin has worked in the field of aging and lifelong learning for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Encore.org in 2001, she worked with Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) for 18 years where she served as Vice President for U.S. programs. She began her career in the field of continuing education where she was involved in the early development of external degrees and credit for prior learning at colleges in Oregon and Colorado. Goggin speaks, conducts workshops, advises national organizations and writes for publications in the areas of aging, higher education, civic engagement and encore careers. She is based in Boston.  

Email: jgoggin@encore.org 
Phone: (617) 800-9045

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Michelle Hynes, Vice President
Michelle Hynes co-leads the Purpose Prize team at Encore.org. Over the last several years she has also focused on encore careers in youth-serving fields, including public education, and on national service as a pathway to encore careers. From 2003 to 2009, Hynes managed the growth of Encore.org's Experience Corps tutoring and mentoring program – doubling Experience Corps’ size, facilitating a major external evaluation of the program’s impact and spinning the program off as an independent national organization. Subsequently, AARP acquired Experience Corps as one of its signature volunteer programs. Throughout her 20-plus years in the nonprofit sector, Hynes has designed, developed, raised money for and evaluated programs focused on public education, children's literacy, adult literacy, youth development, community involvement in schools and career transitions. She also spent 10 years as a student at and adviser to Tranquil Space Yoga, a socially responsible business in Washington, D.C., that has been named one of the 25 top yoga studios in the world. Hynes holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and a certificate of completion from Stanford University's Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. In 2012, she completed the Professional Coaching Course at New Ventures West in San Francisco and earned certification as an Integral Coach.

Email: mhynes@encore.org
Phone: (971) 217-7781

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Nancy Peterson, Vice President
Nancy Peterson works to advance encore career pathways through community programs and national service. Her work at Encore.org has also helped develop the Encore Fellows and community college programs and Experience Corps. For more than 30 years, Peterson has worked nationally, throughout California and in communities to increase social-purpose opportunities for people of all ages. Key projects include California’s Aging Opportunity, a statewide study sponsored by California’s state service commission; the California Initiative for National and Community Service of The James Irvine Foundation; startup and management of the Northern California Grantmakers National Service Task Force; and Public/Private Venture’s Urban Corps Expansion Project. During the 1980s, she was instrumental in helping to develop local youth service corps in California. Throughout her career, Peterson has worked with foundations, public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including the Ford Foundation, The Piton Foundation, the National Park Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service and California Conservation Corps. Before becoming involved in community service, she was a regional and environmental planner. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Email: npeterson@encore.org 
Phone: (415) 213-8905

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Sara Ying Rounsaville, Vice President, Communications
Sara Ying Rounsaville is responsible for Encore.org's integrated communications strategy and brand. Before joining Encore.org, Rounsaville was Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications at The San Francisco Foundation, the community foundation of the Bay Area. Prior to that, she was Director of Public Affairs at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She has previously served as senior policy adviser to California Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy, and as producer, writer and reporter for Asian Health Reports on KTSF-Channel 26.

Email: srounsaville@encore.org 

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Phyllis Segal, Vice President
As Vice President of Encore.org, Phyllis Segal leads programs aimed at understanding and expanding encore careers as an important source of talent to meet society’s most pressing needs. These programs include: action-oriented research (including the MetLife Foundation/Encore.org papers on encore opportunities, the Encore Career Survey and the Survey of Nonprofit Employers); developing pathways and high-impact opportunities for encore careers in health care and other sectors; and promoting promising encore employer practices. This work builds upon Segal’s extensive experience in the nonprofit and public sectors – leading organizations, advocating for social justice, teaching and practicing law. She is a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a member of the Board of Overseers of The Heller School for Social Policy and Management and co-founder of the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University. Last year, she served on President Obama’s transition team, preparing an agency review for the incoming administration. In her earlier career, Segal was the founding Legal Director of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and subsequently served as the fund’s President. She also served as Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and as a trustee and consultant for other nonprofit organizations. In her prior public service, Segal was Chair of the Federal Labor Relations Authority and Deputy Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Email: psegal@encore.org

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The Purpose Prize

Aireen Navarro Khauv, Program Associate
Aireen Navarro Khauv has more than 11 years combined experience in client relations and staff management in the travel sector, international development research and small nonprofit operations. Before joining Encore.org, her love for adventure led her to specialize in travel consulting for luxury safaris to Africa, and inspired her to do volunteer work after witnessing health and education inequities first-hand during her journeys. Navarro has a master’s degree in International Studies from the University of the Philippines and helps facilitate annual mission trips to Cambodia to provide allied health care through the Well-Balanced World nonprofit founded by her husband.

Email: anavarro@encore.org 
Phone: (415) 213-8908

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The Encore Fellowships Network

Leslye Louie, National Director

Leslye Louie was a General Manager and Vice President at the Hewlett Packard Company. During her 20-year career, Louie held numerous senior sales, marketing, operations and finance positions in the high-tech industry in the United States and Europe. In 2009, Louie participated in the Silicon Valley Encore Fellows pilot, working at Partners in School Innovation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works with low-income public schools to achieve educational equity through school-based reform. During her part-time, yearlong fellowship, Louie implemented a performance management system, revamped the human resources policies and practices and served as the group’s interim executive director during a leadership transition. Louie credits the fellowship with enabling her to make a successful transition from an extensive for-profit career to an encore career in the social sector. Louie is now working for Encore.org, directing its efforts to expand the fellows program nationally.

Email: llouie@encorefellowships.net

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Lyle Hurst, Brand and Network Designer

Lyle Hurst was a General Manager and Vice President at the Hewlett Packard Company. During the 20 years he was at HP, he held numerous jobs in finance, marketing and strategy. After leaving HP in 2001, he split his time between strategy consulting and volunteer work. In 2009, Hurst became an Encore Fellow in the Silicon Valley Encore Fellows program, which matches former corporate employees with local nonprofits. He spent his fellowship year at Partners in School Innovation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works with low-income public schools to achieve educational equity through school-based reform. Hurst is now working to help Encore.org expand the fellows program nationally.

Email: lhurst@encorefellowships.net

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Antoinette La Belle, Encore Fellowships East Coast Director/Senior Fellow
Antoinette La Belle is a former Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, capping a more than 35-year career in the corporate sector where she specialized in the areas of strategy, organization development and human resource management. She left the firm in 2008 to continue both her doctoral research at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, and her board and philanthropic work in the nonprofit sector. Her original research assessed the professional and situational influences on nonprofit leaders and organizational effectiveness. Included in her research was a comparison of the transition experiences and behavioral repertoires of nonprofit leaders from the corporate sector with those from within the sector. La Belle received her MBA from Fordham University and BS from Marymount College. In addition to being a Senior Fellow, she joined Encore.org in late 2010 with responsibility for expanding the Encore Fellowships Network on the East Coast.

Email: tlabelle@encorefellowships.net

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Gina Cassinelli, Community Partnerships Director/Senior Fellow
Gina Cassinelli worked at the Hewlett Packard Company for 26 years serving in several executive positions, including Vice President of Marketing for HP’s Technology Systems Group Enterprise Partners. She also held several senior management positions in HP’s business systems organization. Cassinelli became an Encore Fellow in the Silicon Valley Encore Fellows program, which matches former corporate employees with local nonprofits. She spent her fellowship year at Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit that works with high-needs middle schools to expand the learning day. During her part-time, yearlong fellowship, Cassinelli created the organization’s five-year strategy and sustainability plan, assembled the marketing plan and served as the interim executive director. Cassinelli is now working to help Encore.org expand the fellows program nationally.

Email: gcassinelli@encorefellowships.net

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Betsy Balassone, Encore Fellow
As a member of the Encore Fellowships Network team, Betsy Balassone's responsibilities include community outreach and partnering and process management. After receiving her bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Balassone held a variety of management, sales and finance positions at Wachovia National Bank, F. Hoffmann-La Roche and IBM. She worked and lived in France for several years. Balassone has served on the boards of several nonprofits, conducting national events, mentoring management and leading annual and capital fundraising campaigns.

Email: bbalassone@encorefellowships.net

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Mike Gallagher, Encore Fellow
Mike Gallagher spent his career at the Hewlett Packard Company and Agilent Technologies in various management positions, mainly in marketing. Since retiring from Agilent in 2007, he has served as the Chairperson of the Los Altos Traffic Commission and as a member of the Sierra County Economic Development Committee. In 2010 Gallagher became an Encore Fellow in the Silicon Valley Encore Fellows program, which matches experienced, skilled former corporate employees with local nonprofits. He is working with Encore.org, investigating the possibility of extending the fellowship program into rural areas to assist county governments, small school districts and economic development organizations.

Email: mgallagher@encorefellowships.net

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Encore Colleges Initiative

Cal J. Halvorsen, Project and Research Manager
Cal Halvorsen manages Encore.org's research projects, including the development of a new international network of researchers interested in encore careers, and is an active member of the organization’s higher education initiatives team. His previous work includes managing and supporting various projects, including the Encore College Initiative and the Encore Opportunity Awards. An expert on civic engagement in older adulthood, he graduated from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned a Master of Social Work. Previous experience includes work at The OASIS Institute, Urban Strategies, and the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies at the University of Iowa and studied and interned in Dortmund, Germany, while an undergraduate student. Halvorsen lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Email: chalvorsen@encore.org
Phone: (202) 642-5854

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Communications

Sarah Maple, Web Designer
Focusing on intuitive interactive design, Sarah Maple integrates video, animation and imagery into engaging online experiences. Her previous experience includes interactive marketing, commercial investment and, with other nonprofits, design and direction in developing websites and web applications for a wide range of clients and audiences. Sarah holds a degree in design from Virginia Commonwealth University, with an emphasis on digital media.

Email: smaple@encore.org
Phone: (415) 213-8906

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Michele Melendez, Associate Director for Communications
Michele Melendez brings to Encore.org years of experience as a journalist and a deep belief that people should have the chance for meaningful, enriching work beyond their first careers. At the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Newhouse chain of 26 daily newspapers, she covered generational issues for eight years. As a national correspondent there, she illuminated stories of old and young, pop culture and politics, family relationships and personal journeys. She worked previously at The Plain Dealer, the daily newspaper in Cleveland, as a metro news reporter and later as a features writer concentrating on women’s issues. She has a print journalism degree from The American University in Washington. 

Email: mmelendez@encore.org 
Phone: (202) 670-5246

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Finance and Administration

Marco Austin, Staff Accountant
Marco Austin manages employee payroll and benefits and other accounting functions within the finance department. He has more than 15 years of accounting experience in the fields of travel, technology, law and education and the nonprofit sector. Austin holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Email: maustin@encore.org
Phone: (415) 213-8903

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Richard Smith, Office Manager (San Francisco)
A graduate of San Jose State University, Richard Smith has served as an office manager for a number of public and private organizations during the past 15 years. Most recently, he worked at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Smith teaches tap dance and is a former cast member of the Broadway production 42nd Street and the San Francisco production of Beach Blanket Babylon.

Email: rsmith@encore.org
Phone: (415) 213-8901

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Senior Advisers

Ellen Babby
Ellen Babby, who served as Vice President, Advancement and Strategic Alliances, at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C., will help develop Encore.org’s higher education initiative aimed at creating more education pathways for people seeking encore careers. ACE is the major coordinating organization representing the presidents of colleges and universities nationwide. Babby stepped down in 2012 after 13 years at ACE and more than 30 years in senior management positions in higher education organizations. Through ACE’s Center for Lifelong Learning, Babby began to work on issues related to older adults and raised funds to support related programs. For several years, she has been keenly interested in the concept of channeling the talents of boomers toward social needs. Prior to joining ACE, Babby served in leadership posts at NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the National Foreign Language Center at The Johns Hopkins University and the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. Babby is the author of several articles and the book, The Play of Language and Spectacle in Selected Works of Gabrielle Roy. A native of Montreal, she holds a doctorate in French from Yale University.

Email: ebabby2@gmail.com

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David Cohen

David Cohen is one of The Advocacy Institute’s two founders. He pioneered the institute’s work in its international capacity-building programs, for which he facilitated workshop and strategy sessions. He had a leadership role in the institute’s Leadership for a Changing World program. Advocates around the world have translated Cohen’s writings on advocacy, civil society and lobbying into many different languages. His writings have appeared as essays in college textbooks and in major U.S. newspapers. He has co-authored two books on advocacy and contributed essays on advocacy to books published by the Urban Institute, The World Bank and New York University. Cohen has been an advocate and strategist on many of the major social justice and political reform issues in the United States since the early 1960s. He played a leading role in the fight for Congress to end its support for the Vietnam War. From 1984 to 1992, he led the Professionals’ Coalition for Nuclear Arms Control to stop the U.S. nuclear arms buildup by supporting arms control agreements and reducing the military budget. He served as president of Common Cause, the largest voluntary membership organization in the United States working on government accountability issues.

Email: dcohen@encore.org
Phone: (202) 478-6192

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Andy Goodman
Director of The Goodman Center, Andy Goodman is a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant in the field of public interest communications. Along with Storytelling as Best Practice, he is author of Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. He also publishes a monthly journal, free-range thinking, to share best practices in the field. Goodman is best known for his speeches and workshops on storytelling, presenting and strategic communications. He has been invited to speak at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and at major foundation and nonprofit conferences. In 2007, former Vice President Al Gore selected Goodman to train 1,000 volunteers who are currently helping Gore engage more Americans in the fight against global warming. In 2008, Andy co-founded The Goodman Center to offer online versions of his workshops and additional communications classes for nonprofits, foundations, government agencies and educational institutions worldwide. When not teaching, traveling or recovering from teaching and traveling, Goodman also serves on the advisory boards of VolunteerMatch and Great Nonprofits.

Email: andy@agoodmanonline.com

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Alex Harris
Alex Harris is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Documentary Studies at Duke University and a co-founder of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. He is a distinguished photographer, editor and writer who, during the last 30 years, has focused on the American Southwest and, more broadly, on aging in America. In four books – The Old Ones of New Mexico, River of Traps: A Village Life, Red White Blue and God Bless You and Islands in Time – he has examined the world of the Ancianos, the elders in Hispanic communities in New Mexico. In the early 1990s, Harris began to look more broadly at issues of aging in America. He published Old and On Their Own with Robert Coles in 1998. He also worked with Encore.org founder Marc Freedman to provide photographs for Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America in 2000, which led to a broader collaboration with Encore.org making photographs for six publications in the Innovations series

Email: aharris@acpub.duke.edu 

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Mara Mayor
Mara Mayor has a special interest in adult learning in both formal and informal settings. After teaching history at the University of Connecticut for eleven years, she went “on loan” to the media program of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. She was quickly hooked by the potential of the media to reach learners in new ways with needed learning opportunities and stayed on in D.C. Mayor later served as the director of the Annenberg/CPB Projects, which developed education resources for adult learners seeking college degrees. She then became director of The Smithsonian Associates, which offered new opportunities to reach learners of all ages, both in person and online. Since leaving the Smithsonian in 2008, Mayor has focused on helping people 50 and older explore opportunities to learn, grow and contribute. She is on the boards of WETA (public television/radio), the Creativity Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County in Maryland. She has been involved with The Transition Network since 2004, helped start its Washington-area chapter in 2006 and currently co-chairs its steering committee. Mayor earned a doctorate in American studies from Yale University.  

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David Morse
David Morse has over 35 years experience leading public policymaking, advocacy, strategic communications and planning in the non-profit sector, philanthropy and government. He’s been a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, director of the President’s Task Force on the Arts and Humanities, associate vice president for policy planning and director of federal relations for the University of Pennsylvania, director of public affairs for the Pew Charitable Trusts and, from 2001 to 2011, vice president for communications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s 3rd largest private philanthropy. David earned a B.A. with honors from Hamilton College and a master’s in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University.

Email: dmorse@encore.org

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