Mark Shriver leads Save the Children's U.S. Programs, which works to ensure a fair start for all kids in the United States, including the one in five living in poverty. Shriver's career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elective office, has focused on advancing the right of every kid in America to have a safe and vibrant childhood.
Shriver created Save the Children's early childhood education program and reinvigorated its literacy, nutrition and fitness work in the United States through partnerships with more than 160 schools in some of the most impoverished regions of the country. Benefiting more than 50,000 children in 14 states, studies reveal that 60 percent of children show major improvement after participating in the literacy program and the percentage reading at or above grade level have nearly doubled during the school year.
To better sustain and fortify these programs, Shriver deepened corporate partnerships with Toys "R" Us, T.J. Maxx, Frigidaire, Ikea and Scholastic. He also secured Save the Children's U.S. Programs as one of a handful beneficiaries of American Idol's social responsibility efforts in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
Shriver received his B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993. In 1994, he received an honorary degree from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD for his work on The Choice Program. Shriver resides in Bethesda, MD with his wife Jeanne and their three young children: Molly, Tommy and Emma.