Paul Irving

Chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging


  • BFA – New York University, 1975
  • JD – Loyola Law School, Los Angeles 1980
  • Advanced Leadership Fellow – Harvard University 2010


Paul H. Irving is chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and distinguished scholar in residence at the University of Southern California Davis School Of Gerontology. Irving, who previously served as the Institute’s president, is a nationally recognized thought leader in the field and has led the Institute’s work promoting healthy, productive and purposeful aging. He is the author of “The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose” (Wiley, 2014), and his work is regularly featured in major media outlets. Under Irving, the Institute launched its “Best Cities for Successful Aging” initiative — a report, index and data site that evaluates and ranks U.S. metropolitan areas based on amenities, infrastructure and opportunities for engagement for older adults. In 2014, he was honored with the Janet L. Witkin Award by Affordable Living for the Aging. Irving frequently speaks at business, policy and academic events about the changing culture of aging; health, productivity and purpose for older adults; and investment and innovation in the longevity economy.

Irving serves on the board of East West Bancorp, Inc. and as vice chairman of the board of Encore.org. A Wall Street Journal expert panelist, he is a director of the American Society on Aging, and a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC Leonard Davis School, the Advisory Board of the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute, the Advisory Council of the Global Coalition on Aging, and Partners for Livable Communities’ National Advisory Board on Aging. Irving served as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he received the Board of Governors Award for outstanding contributions to society and the law.

Before joining the Institute, Irving was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University and chairman and CEO of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a law and consulting firm. In three decades as a corporate lawyer, Irving represented leading companies and investors in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions and a wide range of business and financial industry regulatory matters. Known for his commitment to pro bono services, Irving was recognized for many years by The Best Lawyers in America, named a “California Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine, named “Manager of the Year” and one of the “Legal Stars in California” by the Daily Journal, and rated “AV Preeminent” for professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell.

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