MARC FREEDMAN is President of Civic Ventures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the contribution of older Americans to our society. A former visiting fellow of Kings College, University of London, he has served as advisor to a wide range of organizations, including AARP, the Pillsbury Corporation, the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, the Corporation for National Service, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. His earlier book, The Kindness of Strangers, was described by the LosAngeles Times as the "definitive book on the [mentoring] movement." A high honors graduate of Swarthmore College with an MBA from Yale University, recipient of the Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy, and delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, Freedman has testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on aging, children in poverty, and volunteer service. He lives in San Francisco and is married to Anne Cheng, a literature professor at the University of California at Berkeley.
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