Jim Firman (Bellage)
For more than 35 years, James Firman, Ed.D., has been a leading force for innovation in services, programs, and public policies for older adults. As president and CEO of the National Council on Aging for 25 years and CEO of the United Seniors Health Cooperative for 10 years.
For more than 40 years, James Firman, Ed.D. has been a leading force for innovation in services, programs, and public policies that have improved the lives of millions of older adults.
Throughout his career, Jim Firman has held several national leadership roles: Chair of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (five times); Board Chair of the National Human Services Assembly; Chair of the Access to Benefits Coalition; and Chair of the Independent Sector’s National Advisory Committee on Charting Social Impact.
Since “graduating” from NCOA, Jim founded BellAge Inc. a social enterprise that is developing a collectively intelligent, decision-support platform to help people across the world to age well. He recently became the first Senior Fellow of the University of California’s CITRIS and Banatao Institute .
Earl Millett (Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation)
Earl Millett joined the Weinberg Foundation as a program officer in 2018, and he currently helps to manage grants in the area of health.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Earl served as the COO of Civic Works, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that transforms the lives of Baltimore residents through community service and skills development. During his time at Civic Works, Earl oversaw several programs, including the Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors (HUBS) initiative. Earl also managed Civic Works’ Community Lot team and Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps, which teach young adults job skills while transforming vacant lots into community parks and gardens. In addition, he led food and farm programs, including Real Food Farm and the Baltimore Orchard Project, as well as the Baltimore Energy Challenge, which provides energy education and energy saving retrofits throughout the City.
Before joining Civic Works, Earl served with the Peace Corps in Ecuador as an environmental extension agent at the Charles Darwin Foundation. In that role, he taught environmental and science education in Spanish at five schools and worked with agricultural operators to improve agricultural production on the Galápagos Islands.
Earl earned his bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is a member of the Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Class of 2016 and a recipient of Smart CEO’s 2017 Executive Management Award. In addition, he is engaged in several volunteer roles, including the Green School of Baltimore’s PTO. Earl resides in Baltimore with his wife Elizabeth Alex and their daughter.
Steve Ewell (Consumer Technology Association)
Steve Ewell is the executive director of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, a charitable foundation with the mission of linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology that enhances their lives. They support programs providing independence, purpose and vital connections for people across the country.
Steve serves as co-chair of the Forum on Aging, Disability and Independence at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the Advisory Council for the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering (CIDE) at the University of Colorado and the External Advisory Board of the Enhance Center RERC, a consortium between Weill Cornell Medicine, Florida State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.