Vice President and Managing Director of U.S. Programs for Save the Children
Mark Kennedy Shriver is Vice President and Managing Director of U.S. Programs for Save the Children. He leads programmatic and advocacy efforts to improve the early childhood development, literacy, physical activity and nutrition of children living in impoverished rural communities across the United States. He also leads Save the Children's domestic emergency programs to ensure that the unique needs of children are incorporated into disaster preparedness, response and recovery plans. Previously, he served two four-year terms as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and was Maryland's first-ever Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families. During his legislative service, he was repeatedly recognized as Outstanding Legislator of the Year by prominent advocacy and civic organizations. In 1988, Shriver founded the innovative Choice Program, a public/private partnership that serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling and job training services. Shriver has been widely published in the national media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and Newsweek, among others. He serves as the Chairperson of the National Commission on Children and Disasters and is a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council. Shriver received his undergraduate degree from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993.
Shriver is the son of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver. He and his wife, Jeanne Ripp Shriver, are the proud parents of Molly, Tommy and Emma. The family resides in Bethesda, Maryland.