Mary Beth Powers Chief of the Newborn & Child Survival Campaign, Save the Children

Mary Beth Powers is the Chief of the Newborn & Child Survival Campaign, ( an initiative of Save the Children.  The campaign seeks to increase understanding of and resources to address the problems of the over 8 million children who die annually around the world from preventable or treatable causes. Ms. Powers has worked for 20 years to support maternal and child programs in more than 25 countries around the world.  These programs address improved health practices and quality of care while engaging local community members in realizing their own role in ensuring healthy outcomes for mothers and children.

In prior work, Ms. Powers worked closely with UN agencies and civil society in her role as the chief planner of the NGO Forum at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt.

Ms. Powers has an undergraduate degree in international politics from Georgetown University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan. She has lived and worked in Egypt, Pakistan and Thailand and was a Rotary Foundation scholar at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

In addition to her work with Save the Children, she has four children of her own that help her maintain a sense of humor.