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Marc Freedman    

Founder & CEO of; World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Marc Freedman, President and CEO of, 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. The New York Times described his book, The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, as “an imaginative work with the potential to affect our individual lives and our collective future.” His most recent book, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations, was published by Hachette Book Group in 2018.

As the 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 received the 2018 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. He 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. Freedman has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and King’s College, University of London. Freedman serves 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 sons.


How housing that mixes young and old can improve the lives of both ...
Sep 14, 2021 ... “They fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle,” said Marc Freedman, ... and younger people are two of the loneliest groups in society,” Freedman said.
'Magic' Multigenerational Housing Aims to Alleviate Social Isolation ...
Jan 10, 2022 ... Marc Freedman, chief executive of, a nonprofit working to promote intergenerational connection and second careers, says the U.S. is among the ...

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