|Shriver in January 2013|
|Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 15th district
|Born||Mark Kennedy Shriver
February 17, 1964
|Relations||Eunice Kennedy Shriver (mother), Sargent Shriver (father), Maria Shriver (sister)|
|Children||Molly, Tommy, Ella |
|Alma mater||College of the Holy Cross
Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Save the Children
Mark Kennedy Shriver (born February 17, 1964) is a United States Democratic Party politician who served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for two consecutive terms, from 1995 to 2003. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the charity Save the Children. Shriver married Jeanne Eileen Ripp (born November 30, 1965) on June 26, 1992 and they have three children.
Shriver was born in Washington, D.C. He is part of the Kennedy political family, since his mother was Eunice Mary Kennedy. He may also be considered to be a part of the "Shriver political family", since his ancestor David Shriver was a delegate of Frederick County, Maryland who signed the Maryland Constitution and Bill of Rights at Maryland's Constitutional Convention of 1776, and his father is Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps upon its establishment by President John F. Kennedy on September 22, 1961, a former ambassador to France and the 1972 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate. Mark Shriver has written a memoir about his father, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver. His sister, Maria Shriver, is a former journalist and the former First Lady of California (she was married to former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger until mid-year 2011).
Shriver attended high school at the Georgetown Preparatory School, North Bethesda, Maryland. Afterward, he earned a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1986, and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University in 1993.
From 1989 to 1994, he was a member of the Maryland Juvenile Justice Advisory Council. Starting in 1991, he also served on the Board of Directors of the Public Justice Center. From 1991 to 1992, he served on the Maryland Governor's Task Force on Alternative Sanctions to Incarceration. From 1994 to 1995, he served on the Maryland Governor's Commission on Service.
In 1994, he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, the lower house of the Maryland state legislature, representing Montgomery County, Maryland, District 15, and was reelected in 1998. He did not seek reelection in 2002 and was succeeded in that post by Brian Feldman.
In addition to serving as a delegate, he worked on the Task Force on the Maryland Prepaid-Tuition Savings Program in 1996, and on the Task Force to Study the Governance, Coordination, and Funding of the University System of Maryland from 1998 to 1999. He was a Founder and Executive Director of The Choice Program, an at-risk youth intervention project of the Shriver Center at University of Maryland, Baltimore County established in 1987. He then served on the Advisory Board on After-School Opportunity Programs from 1999 to 2003. From 2000 to 2001, he served on the Judith P. Hoyer Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Child Care and Education.
In 2002, he ran for U.S. Representative from the 8th Congressional District of Maryland. Despite innovative technology measures, Shriver was defeated in the Democratic primary by Chris Van Hollen, the eventual winner. Shriver lost 43% to 41%.
Awards and honors
- Honorary Doctorate, Wheelock College, 2013.
- Honorary Doctorate, College of the Holy Cross, 2010.
- Honorary Doctorate, Loyola College in Maryland, 1994.
- Legislative Sponsor Award, Maryland Children's Action Network, 1999, 2000, 2001.
- Environmental Leadership Award, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, 1999, 2000, 2001.
- Leadership Award, Maryland Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, 2001.
- Award of Excellence, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2002.
- Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award, The Arc of Maryland, 2002.
- Father of the Year Award, Mother's Day/Father's Day Council, 2008.
Siblings of Mark Shriver:
- Maria Owings Shriver (b. 1955)
- Timothy Perry Shriver (b. 1959)
- Robert Sargent Shriver III (b. 1954)
- Anthony Paul Kennedy Shriver (b. 1965)
- Senior management - Save the Children
- American Experience | The Kennedys | Kennedy Family Tree | PBS
- Jeanne Elaine Ripp Is to Marry Mark Kennedy Shriver in June - New York Times
- "A Good Man", Kirkus Reviews, March 13, 2012.
- "Keeping Score" column by Christine Brennan
- The End of an Era? | The Weekly Standard
- Curriculum vitae at Maryland legislature
- Biography at the Trust for Early Education
- Ancestor David Shriver