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Paul Irving

Paul Irving

Senior Advisor, Center for the Future of Aging
Paul Irving

Paul Irving is a corporate and nonprofit director and senior advisor to leaders in business, investment, philanthropy, and academia. He is the author/editor of The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose, a Wall Street Journal expert panelist, and contributor to the Harvard Business Review, PBS NextAvenue, and Forbes. Irving speaks and writes about health, finance, and the future of retirement; innovation in the longevity economy; and the changing culture of aging in America and the world.  

He is a distinguished scholar-in-residence at the University of Southern California (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and senior advisor at the Milken Institute. He previously served as the Institute’s president and founding chair of its Center for the Future of Aging, an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University, and chair, CEO, and head of the financial services group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a national law and consulting firm.   

Irving is a director and chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of East West Bancorp, Inc., a member of the International Strategic Committee of the Quadrivio Group Silver Economy Fund, and chair emeritus and member of the board of CoGenerate (previously, Irving serves on the Global Advisory Council of the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute, the Board of Councilors of the USC Leonard Davis School, and the Advisory Board of WorkingNation. Irving has served on the National Academy of Medicine Global Commission on Healthy Longevity, the Bipartisan Policy Center Senior Health and Housing Task Force, and as a participant in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.  

Irving was recognized with the Affordable Living for the Aging Janet L. Witkin Humanitarian Award, the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute Life Journey Inspiration Award, the Center for Workforce Inclusion Lifetime Achievement Award, the Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Board of Governors Award, and named an “Influencer” by PBS NextAvenue.

In three decades as a corporate lawyer, Irving represented public and private companies and prominent investors in complex merger, acquisition, and capital markets transactions and in a wide range of business, governance, and regulatory matters. Throughout his legal career, he was actively involved in pro bono services and charitable leadership in organizations, including Operation Hope, Human Rights First, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Center Theater Group, and New Roads School.