Mark K. Shriver
Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs & Advocacy, Save the Children; CEO, Save the Children Action Network
Mark K. Shriver is the senior vice president of U.S. Programs & Advocacy at Save the Children and CEO of Save the Children Action Network.
Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003, where he developed the domestic early childhood and school-age education programs focused on underserved rural communities. He also created Save the Children’s domestic emergencies programs to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children before, during and after disaster strikes.
Following Hurricane Katrina, Shriver led a national coalition that convinced Congress to create the National Commission on Children and Disasters. He was appointed to the Commission by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, elected chairperson by his fellow commissioners and served in the role for the life of the Commission (2008-2011).
In 2013, Shriver created Save the Children’s political advocacy arm, Save the Children Action Network, to ensure that all children in the U.S. have access to high quality early childhood education, and to end preventable maternal and child deaths worldwide.
Shriver was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 - 2002. He was also 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.
In 1988, Shriver founded the Choice Program to serve delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling. He subsequently created The Choice Jobs Program, Inc., which trains, places and supports former Choice clients in jobs or at The Choice Middle Schools Program, a model for keeping at-risk middle school children in school.
Shriver received a bachelor’s degree from The College of the Holy Cross and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University. He is the best-selling author of Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis, and A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver.