About Us


Publication: 2013-04-20


Through an inventive program portfolio, original research, strategic alliances and the power of people's life stories, demonstrates the value of experience in solving society's greatest problems - from education to the environment, health care to homelessness.


Name:Owen Ambur



Description: is building a movement to make it easier for millions of people to pursue second acts for the greater good. We call them "encore careers" - jobs that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact - in the second half of life. While is not a job placement service, it provides free, comprehensive information that helps people transition to jobs in the nonprofit world and the public sector. Civic Ventures, d.b.a., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.


  • Americans Over 55This country's 78 million boomers make up the largest, healthiest, best-educated population of Americans. Those on the leading edge of the generation are pioneers in a new stage spanning the decades between middle and late life. Neither young nor old, they represent an extraordinary resource. Millions of them are determined to apply their experience to make a difference for others. Some are able to do so as unpaid volunteers. But most are looking to combine aspects of work - income and benefits - with elements of service through encore careers. Such careers combine social impact, personal fulfillment and continued income - purpose, passion and a paycheck - enabling people to put their experience to work for the greater good. The Potential: The number of Americans over 55 will grow to 110 million in 2030, according to U.S. Census figures. That's up from 71 million today. Americans are living longer and feeling younger.


  • Marc FreedmanMarc Freedman, founder and CEO of, has been recognized by Fast Company magazine three years in a row as one of the nation's leading social entrepreneurs. The New York Times described him as "the voice of aging baby boomers who are eschewing retirement for ... meaningful and sustaining work later in life."

  • Jim EmermanExecutive Vice President

  • Marci AlboherVice President

  • Doug BraleyVice President, Director of Finance and Administration

  • Judy GogginVice President

  • Michelle HynesVice President

  • Nancy PetersonVice President

  • Sara Ying RounsavilleVice President, Communications

  • Phyllis SegalVice President

  • Aireen Navarro KhauvProgram Associate, The Purpose Prize

  • Leslye LouieNational Director, The Encore Fellowships Network

  • Lyle HurstBrand and Network Designer, The Encore Fellowships Network

  • Gina CassinelliCommunity Partnerships Director/Senior Fellow

  • Antoinette La BelleEncore Fellowships East Coast Director

  • Betsy BalassoneEncore Fellow

  • Mike GallagherEncore Fellow

  • Cal J. HalvorsenProject and Research Manager, Encore Colleges Initiative

  • Cal J. HalvorsenProject and Research Manager, Program Research and Policy

  • Sarah MapleWeb Designer

  • Michele MelendezAssociate Director for Communications

  • Marco AustinStaff Accountant

  • Richard SmithOffice Manager (San Francisco)

  • Antoinette La BelleSenior Fellow

  • Ellen BabbySenior Adviser

  • David CohenSenior Adviser

  • Andy GoodmanSenior Adviser

  • Alex HarrisSenior Adviser

  • Mara MayorSenior Adviser

  • David MorseSenior Adviser

  • FundersABOUT OUR FUNDERS -- The work of (formerly Civic Ventures) has been made possible through generous support over the years from:

  • AARP

  • Administration on Aging

  • Agilent Technologies Inc.

  • Ashoka Foundation

  • The Atlantic Philanthropies

  • Charles Hayden Foundation

  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

  • Chicago Community Trust

  • Cleveland Foundation

  • Corporation for National and Community Service

  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

  • Deerbrook Charitable Foundation

  • DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund

  • Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

  • Erickson Corporation

  • Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

  • Fidelity Investments

  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation

  • Hasbro Children's Fund

  • Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation

  • Hewlett-Packard Company

  • HRC Foundation

  • Hunt Alternative Fund

  • James C. Penny Foundation

  • John Templeton Foundation

  • Margaret A. Cargill Foundation

  • MetLife Foundation

  • Nathan Cummings Foundation

  • New York Life Foundation

  • Omidyar Network

  • Patton Family Charitable Foundation

  • The Pinkerton Foundation

  • Polk Bros Foundation(formerly Polk Family Charitable Fund)

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation(formerly Peninsula Community Foundation)

  • Skoll Foundation

  • Stella & Charles Guttman Foundation

  • Trucker Huss

  • United Way - New Haven

  • The UPS Foundation

  • U.S. Department of Education

  • Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

  • U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA)

  • The Wendling Foundation

  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

  • Yahoo