Executive Vice President
Jim Emerman is Executive Vice President of Encore.org, a think tank, program incubator and the hub of a network of organizations dedicated to engaging millions of baby boomers as a vital workforce for change. Through an inventive program portfolio, original research, strategic alliances, and the power of people’s own life stories, Encore.org demonstrates the value of experience in solving serious social problems – from education to the environment and health care to homelessness.
As Executive Vice President, Emerman is a member of the organization’s executive management team and has primary responsibility for a range of programs that communicate the idea of a new social norm for the stage of life following mid-life: one focused on using the talents and experience of a lifetime to create positive and lasting impact to solve our society’s biggest problems.
Prior to assuming his current position as EVP, Emerman developed and directed The Purpose Prize, a program designed to recognize and invest in social entrepreneurs who are working after the age of 60 to solve important problems in their communities, the country and the world.
From 1988 through 2005, Emerman worked at the American Society on Aging, the largest association of professionals working with and on behalf of older adults. As Chief Operating Officer, he had primary responsibility for day-to-day operations and supervised all programmatic activities of the organization. He also led ASA’s efforts on issues ranging from older worker employment and corporate eldercare 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 Foundations Relations at the time he left the University. He graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a B.A. in English literature.