We wanted to share this great news about our CEO/founder Marc Freedman:
LOS ANGELES, CA – February 8, 2017 — The EnCorps STEM Teachers Program proudly welcomes Marc Freedman to its Board of Directors. As founder and CEO of Encore.org, Freedman’s expertise and passion for the “longevity revolution” are aligned with EnCorps’ mission-driven work to help retirees, among others, transform into STEM educators in high-need communities.
His illustrious public service history includes helping to establish the AARP Experience Corps, spearheading the creation of the Purpose Prize to recognize social entrepreneurs in the second half of life, and instituting the Encore Fellowship for second acts focused on social impact.
Freedman remarked, “EnCorps is a brilliant effort to leverage the talent of seasoned STEM professionals to shape the next generation of teachers — and the kind of program that should spread throughout the country. I’ve been a fan and supporter for years and am honored to be joining the board.”
He was named a 2015 Legend in Mentoring (by Mentoring.org) and a 2015 Influencer in Aging (by PBS’ Next Avenue.org), as well as 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation. Freedman is also a member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel and a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review.
“Marc’s leadership in social innovation is a tremendous asset to EnCorps as we look to scale our program,” said Executive Director Katherine Wilcox.
EnCorps STEM Teachers Program is the only nonprofit recruiting the best and brightest STEM professionals and military veterans, as an innovative, long-term solution to the shortage of high quality, impactful educators for under-resourced students in high need communities. EnCorps aims to increase the quantity and quality of STEM teachers to ensure that all students have access to first-rate STEM learning, to reverse the nation’s decades-long decline in math and science, and to develop a workforce pipeline based on 21st century skills. One decade into its mission, EnCorps impacts more than 35,000 California students and boasts a teacher retention rate exceeding 80% — well above industry standard.