Mark K. Shriver is President of Save the Children Action Network, which seeks to build bipartisan will and voter support to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early learning programs and to end preventable maternal and child deaths worldwide. Shriver’s career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office, has focused on advancing the right of every child to a safe and vibrant childhood.
Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003 as Vice President for U.S. Programs and created the agency’s early childhood development, literacy, and health programs in the United States. Under his leadership, the programs expanded to 220 schools in 17 states, benefitting 165,000 children, including more than 400 children at four Head Start centers. He became President of the Save the Children Action Network in 2014 and leads a team of government relations, mobilization, political action, and communications staff.
In 2005, Shriver created Save the Children’s domestic emergencies programs to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children before, during, and after disaster strikes. He led a national coalition that convinced Congress to create the National Commission on Children and Disasters and was appointed to the Commission by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). He was elected chairperson by his fellow commissioners and served in that role for the life of the Commission (2008-2011).
Shriver was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002. He was the first Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families, and was appointed Chair of the Children and Youth Subcommittee of Maryland's House Ways and Means Committee. He was repeatedly recognized as Outstanding Legislator of the Year by prominent advocacy and civic organizations.
From 1995 to 1998, he led the creation of Qwest/LCI International’s first Local Service Division, including hiring a cross-functional staff and introducing LCI into the local service market. In 1988, Shriver founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling. He subsequently created The Choice Jobs Program, Inc., a private non-profit that trains, places, and supports former Choice clients in jobs, as well as The Choice Middle Schools Program, a model for keeping at-risk middle school children in school.
Shriver has been widely covered and published in the national media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, The Huffington Post, NPR, The Today Show, The Colbert Report, Morning Joe, and Fox & Friends.
Shriver received his B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993. He has received honorary degrees from Loyola University Maryland, The College of the Holy Cross, Wheelock College, Seattle University, and La Roche College. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Jeanne, and their three children, Molly, Tommy, and Emma.
Shriver’s New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,” was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt and received a 2013 Christopher Award. His new book, “Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis,” is scheduled to be released in November 2016 by Random House.