NCOA CEO Named to the Nonprofit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50


Vanessa Sink

Public Affairs Manager


Firman honored for third year as one of the sector’s top executives and strategists

Washington, DC – National Council on Aging (NCOA) President and CEO James Firman has been honored as one of the NonProfit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50. Highlighting his experience, the list says, “there is nobody better at economic security and aging than Firman.”

For more than 30 years, Firman has been a leading force for innovation in services, programs, and public policies for older adults. He joined NCOA in 1995. Under his leadership, NCOA has developed nationally acclaimed programs with the goal of improving the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020, and is an innovative problem-solver helping seniors navigate the challenges of aging. Additionally, NCOA has developed world-class core competencies in collaborative leadership, fostering and scaling evidence-based innovations, and advocacy.

Firman has served in several national leadership roles, including Chair of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (three times), Board Chair of the National Human Services Assembly, and Chair of the Independent Sector’s National Advisory Committee on Charting Social Impact.

“I appreciate this recognition, which more than anything else, is a testament to the great work of my colleagues at NCOA,” said Firman. “We are working to empower and support people to embrace aging and to cultivate health and longevity at any age.”

This is the third year in a row Firman has been selected for the Power and Influence Top 50. See the full list here.

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at and @NCOAging.