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Mark Shriver
Mark K. Shriver is President of Save the Children Action Network, where he leads an effort to mobilize Americans to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths globally and to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early childhood education. Shriver’s career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office, has focused on advancing the right of every child to a safe and vibrant childhood.

Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003, serving as Senior Vice President for U.S. Programs until 2013. In that capacity, he created and oversaw the agency’s early childhood education, literacy, health, and emergency preparedness and response programs in the United States.

Shriver was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002. In 1988, he founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling.

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 resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their three children.

Shriver’s New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt.

Entries by Mark Shriver

Advocates for Kids Are a Powerful Force

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 10:44 AM

Save the Children was founded nearly a century ago on a simple belief--that every child has the right to a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.

In 2014, I founded Save the Children Action Network--or SCAN--because I was tired of hearing politicians promise to...

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Nutrition is Key to Help Kids Survive and Thrive

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 11:25 AM

Nine-year-old Shirley and her family live in the mountainous rain forest in Bolivia.

Before Save the Children began health, nutrition and other programs in their area in 2012, her family mostly lived on rice and eggs. Shirley and her brother were thin, fragile and often sick.

Their father,...

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High 5 for Kids: Encouraging Presidential Candidates to Invest In Kids

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 12:22 PM

Presidential candidates often mention children are our future. And it's true. But we must do more than state this obvious fact. We need to learn how exactly candidates plan to invest in our future by investing directly in kids. The rationale for doing so is clear.

By age 5, a...

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Dad and Ms. Wilson

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 10:00 AM

My dad would have turned 100 years old on November 9.

I used to love to have lunch with him at a diner called Reeves in downtown Washington, D.C. He had a favorite table and a favorite waitress named Jean Wilson. Ms. Wilson had served him lunch...

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Together, We Can Ensure the Healthy Lives of Mothers and Babies Across the Globe

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 9:39 AM

Chotti, who lives in a slum in Delhi, India, lost three babies not long after they were born. While she was pregnant, she did not receive any prenatal care, and she gave birth at home without a skilled health-care worker.

"I didn't get check-ups -- nothing," Chotti said. "All three...

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Save the Children and AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership Continues 50-Year Legacy of National Service

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 12:10 PM


In the words of my father, Sargent Shriver, "the simplest description of the War on Poverty is that it is a means of making life available for any and all pursuers. It does not try to make men good -- because that is...

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The Future Depends on What You Do Today

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 12:09 PM

High school students Sruthi Palaniappan of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Chloe McGill of Seattle, Washington, are Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) High School Student Ambassadors guest blogging for Mark Shriver, president of SCAN.

Mahatma Gandhi...
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We Need Innovative Ways to Fund Early Childhood Education

(4) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 12:53 PM

Many presidential candidates are talking about early childhood education as they stump through small towns across the country. It's an issue that is hard to argue with.

"I will propose that we make preschool and quality childcare available to every child in America," said Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton during her...

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World Leaders Must Continue to Act to End Preventable Deaths

(6) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 9:22 AM

While many people around the world spent last weekend watching the women's World Cup, world leaders gathered in a picturesque setting in Germany to discuss such pressing issues as climate change, Ebola and the global economy.

There is no doubt that these are important matters worthy of lengthy conversations and...

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Concentrate on Africa's Children

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 7:00 PM

President Obama is convening the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit with over 50 African leaders in Washington D.C. next week. The event will have a strong focus on Africa's long-term economic growth, under the theme of "Investing in the Next Generation."

To us, the next generation is, quite simply, Africa's children....

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Let's Use Evidence-Based Interventions to Save the Lives of Children and Mothers

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:30 PM

If 18,000 preschool kids and 800 moms were attending a World Cup game and they all died, no newspaper around the world would be silent. But that's exactly what happens every day around the world: 18,000 kids die before they reach the age of five and 800 moms die during...

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The Next Frontier in Rwanda

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:09 PM

I suspect that many Americans are just like me when it comes to our knowledge of Rwanda: what we know about the genocide that started 20 years ago today that resulted in more than one million people killed in 90 days and what we know about the country itself, we...

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JFK and Thanksgiving

(10) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 2:41 PM

The last 10 days have been an emotional roller coaster, heightened by the fact that Thanksgiving is just six days away.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's death, yet just 10 days ago, Jeanne and I were celebrating with my cousin Caroline Kennedy as she...

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America Can't Afford to Waitlist Its Children's Future

(26) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 7:15 AM

Last spring, I met a mother from West Virginia named Susan Armstead who said something that stuck with me. "Only time will tell whether my children will be able to attend preschool," Susan said.

She explained that when her son turned 3, Susan registered him for preschool, completed all...

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Boom and Bust: Economic Recovery Falling Short for Kids

(3) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 1:32 PM

How this economic recovery is going depends very much on who you talk to.

These are boom times for the wealthiest Americans, according to a recent study. But new figures out today show that our nation's poorest children -- the most vulnerable among us -- remain caught...

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How You Can Protect Children, Before Disaster Strikes

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 5:48 AM

It's back to school week for the Parker family in Newtown, Conn. But this year, they are taking only two daughters to school instead of three.

The loss of their 6-year-old daughter Emilie at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December is still raw for Robbie and Alissa. But they...

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Restoring a Sense of Normalcy for Kids in Moore

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 4:52 PM

My first impression arriving in Moore, Oklahoma this week was how complete and concentrated the destruction was. My second was how the families and children I saw in the community looked overwhelmed as they took it all in themselves.

But now the sense of immediate danger and shock is...

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Now Is the Time to Protect Our Kids

(9) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 11:27 AM

Over the last decade, children in the United States have been subject to some of the deadliest school shootings in the nation's history. From Red Lake, Minn., to Virginia Tech, to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., our communities lost too many young, innocent lives to violence. In addition, in low-income...

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President Obama's Commitment to America's Most Precious Resource -- Our Children

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 9:03 AM

Joint Statement from: Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children's Zone; Bruce Lesley, First Focus; Ann O'Leary, The Center for the Next Generation; Michael Petit, Every Child Matters; Irwin Redlener, Children's Health Fund; Billy Shore, Share Our Strength; and Mark Shriver, Save the Children

Tuesday night President Obama took a strong stand for...

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Let's Do the Right Thing for Our Children

(47) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 12:57 PM

"When it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now," said President Barack Obama this afternoon, as he signed 23 executive orders and urged Congress to act quickly to curb gun violence. Mark was at the White House event on behalf of

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