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Keynote Speaker

Mark K. Shriver

Child Advocate, A Good Man Author, and Senior VP US Programs of Save the Children

Mark Shriver

Mark K. Shriver leads Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, which works to ensure a fair start for all children in the United States, including the nearly one in four living in poverty. Shriver’s career fighting for socialjustice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office, has focused on advancingthe right of every child in America to have a safe and vibrant childhood.

Shriver developed Save the Children’s early childhood development, literacy and health programs in the United States. Through partnerships with over 200 schools in some of the most impoverished regions of the country, the programs benefit more than 76,000 children. Studies reveal that 68 percent of children showed major improvement after participating in the literacy program and the percentage reading at or above grade level more than doubled from the start of the school year to the end.

To better sustain and fortify these programs, Shriver deepened corporate partnerships with Toys “R” Us, T.J. Maxx, Frigidaire, Zynga, Phillips-Van Heusen, Chevron, Cisco and Mattel. He also secured Save the Children’s U.S. Programs as one of a handful of beneficiaries of Idol Gives Back, American Idol’s social responsibility effort, in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

To ensure even stronger representation for kids’ issues in the nation’s capital and throughout the nation, Shriver recruited Jennifer Garner, Randy Jackson and Julianne Moore as artist ambassadors for Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. Garner and Moore have both lobbied extensively on behalf of kids in Congress and in state capitals. In addition, Moore and Shriver teamed up to launch an acclaimed kids’ Valentine’s Day project in partnership to teach children about the challenges of childhood poverty.

Shriver created Save the Children’s domestic emergency response programs in 2005 to ensure that children are protected when disaster strikes and are provided safe haven and reunion with their families during a disaster’s aftermath. He was the chief spokesperson for the organization’s 2009, 2010, and 2011 national report card, which revealed a severe lack of preparedness to protect kids during disasters. He led a national coalition that convinced Congress to create the National Commission on Children and Disasters. Shriver was appointed to the Commission by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and elected chairperson by his fellow commissioners. He served in that role for the life of the Commission.

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.

In 1988, Shriver founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling. Shriver 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 served on a number of boards and commissions, including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the FEMA National Advisory Commission, the Living Proof Project, and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. He was a recipient of the National Father’s Day Committee’s 2008 Father of the Year award.

Shriver has been widely covered and published in the national media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, The Huffington Post, The Today Show, The Colbert Report, NPR, ABC News, CNN, Morning Joe, Fox& Friends, The Washington Times, The Times-Picayune, The Tennessean, The Shreveport Times, The Detroit News and The Birmingham News.

Shriver’s management, business, and institutional leadership skills were honed in part through his private sector work at a telecommunications firm where he headed a multi-million dollar division.

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. He has received honorary degrees from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland and from The College of the Holy Cross. 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, Sergent Shriver, was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt.