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Board of Directors and Advisory Council

Meet the Experience Corps Board and read their bios

Experience in Action Board of Directors

Martin W. Rodgers

Dr. George T. Rowan

Dr. Phil Zarlengo

Wendy Zenker

AARP Experience Corps Advisory Council

Dr. Mark Albion

Dr. Tom Carroll

H. Lawrence Clark

Ellen Hargis

David L. Kirp

Woodrow McCutchen

Wendy Puriefoy

Martin W. Rodgers

Jason Sabo

Wendy Zenker

Dr. Mark Albion
Mark Albion, former Harvard Business School professor and administrator, is cofounder of six organizations, including Net Impact, the largest global network of MBAs and young leaders. In 2010, he became the first social entrepreneur to receive the national Entrepreneur of the Year award, honored at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. He is a New York Times best-selling author who has written seven books and published over 200 articles to inspire, challenge and instruct professionals on how to turn their management skills and social values into a meaningful life and a successful career.

Dr. Tom Carroll
As president, Tom Carroll leads the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future’s efforts to transform schools into Learning Studios staffed by cross-generational learning teams. He founded the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology, "PT3," program, and created the Technology Innovation Challenge Grants Program at the U.S. Department of Education. He served as the first director of technology planning and evaluation for the E-Rate program, and was the U.S. secretary of education's liaison to the Corporation for National Service during the start-up of the AmeriCorps Program.

H. Lawrence Clark
Lawrence “Larry” Clark is president of the Deerbrook Charitable Trust, a family foundation based in Chevy Chase, Md. In 2007 he retired from the National Science Foundation, where he spent 27 years in various positions, but ultimately was director of the Division of Ocean Sciences. He is the recipient of the American Geophysical Union's 2008 Ocean Sciences Award. He serves on the boards of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Anacostia Community Outreach Center in Washington, D.C., and Systems Impact Inc.

Ellen Hargis

Ellen Hargis provides organizational and fund development consulting services to organizations, including the University of Arizona and the United Way of Southeastern Idaho. She served as president and chief executive officer of the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona for 20 years, where she directed the dramatic growth of one of the most respected volunteer centers in the country. She currently serves on the boards of directors of Portneuf Valley Pride and the Arizona Foundation for Service and Volunteerism.

David L. Kirp
David L. Kirp, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, is a former newspaper editor and policy consultant as well as an academic. He has written 15 books and scores of articles in both the popular press and scholarly journals on some of America's biggest social problems. His new book, Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming the Lives of Children (Public Affairs 2011), examines promising policy innovations that span the first generation of children's lives. Excerpts and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect and The Nation.

Woodrow McCutchen
Woodrow "Woody" McCutchen became vice president, senior portfolio manager in 2010. He has more than 25 years of experience in small-business management and technical assistance, economic, and business and youth development. Before joining EMCF as a portfolio manager in 2001, he was president and CEO of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers in Arlington, Va. The grantees with which he initially worked at the foundation were national organizations and networks, and Harlem Children's Zone.

Wendy Puriefoy
Wendy Puriefoy is the president and CEO of the Public Education Network, the nation's largest network of community-based public school reform organizations. That reaches over 8 million economically disadvantaged children in 34 states and five foreign countries. She has been a leader in public school reform, civil society engagement and philanthropy for more than 30 years.

Martin W. Rodgers
Martin "Marty" Rodgers is executive director, Accenture Nonprofit Group, based out of Washington, D.C. Over 13 years of nonprofit, federal and commercial project management experience including work with USDA, the departments of Labor, Education, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, and Interior. He helped craft numerous pieces of relevant legislation ranging from the King Holiday & Service Act to significant amendments to work-study and service-learning, from the National & Community Service Trust Act of 1993 to the National Civilian Community Corps Act of 1992.

Dr. George T. Rowan
George T. Rowan, of East Lansing, Mich., served on AARP's Board of Directors from 2006 to 2012. He holds a Ph.D., educational administration, Michigan State University; M.S., elementary education, Indiana State University; B.S., elementary education, Indiana State University. His experience includes work in cancer awareness, health care reform, public health, and elementary and adult education. A professor at Michigan State University, he was formerly director, David Walker Research Institute at MSU and assistant dean for external relations. He was a teacher, then a principal, Grand Rapids Public School System.

Jason Sabo
Jason Sabo has spent his entire career in the nonprofit sector and is known as an effective strategist, community organizer and coalition builder. He divides his time between United Ways of Texas and Frontera Strategy, a public affairs consulting firm. Prior to joining United Ways of Texas and launching Frontera, he worked at the Texas capitol as a policy analyst and lobbyist. He also has experience as a teacher in the United States and Brazil and has coordinated community-based youth employment, dropout prevention and immigrant family literacy programs. He received a master's degree in history from Indiana University.

Dr. Phil Zarlengo
Phil Zarlengo, Ph.D., of Jamestown, R.I., was elected by the AARP Board of Directors to serve as board chair for the 2010-2012 bienniums. He has extensive experience in the fields of education reform, education leadership, health care, older workers, predatory lending, media communication, and delivery of expert testimony before state legislatures and Congress. He is a national consultant on innovative staff training programs for urban school systems.

Wendy Zenker
Wendy Zenker is the vice president, health promotion at the National Council on Aging's (NCOA's) Center for Healthy Aging, providing leadership and oversight to a nationwide network of states and local community organizations that are implementing evidence-based health programs, including the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). Prior to her work in Healthy Aging, she was vice president of NCOA's Benefits Access Group from 2006 to 2010, supporting community-based organizations in their efforts to find and help seniors and their families, friends and caregivers access the public and private benefit programs that can improve the quality of their lives and save them money

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Experience Corps matches a critical need with a vital resource ... Struggling inner-city children need help with their studies and more adult attention. Older citizens have time on their hands and skills to share. Put the two together and you have a powerful combination that works wonders for all involved.

—The Minneapolis Star Tribune

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