Jim Emerman

About Jim

Jim Emerman has held several leadership roles at Encore.org. His current portfolio encompasses Encore.org’s research and our work designing and implementing innovative pathways to encore careers for people seeking to have impact in this stage of life. In this capacity, he supervises the Encore Fellowships program and is working on the design of a new social innovation prize for organizations created new approaches to bring together encore talent with opportunity. The new prize will open for applications in the Spring of 2017.

Emerman joined Encore.org (then Civic Ventures) in 2005 to develop and then direct The Purpose Prize, our 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. In early 2016, The Purpose Prize found a new home at AARP where it will relaunch in early 2017 as the AARP Purpose Prize.

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.

Email: jemerman [at] encore [dot] org

Phone: (415) 213-8904