Mary Jean Eisenhower
|Mary Jean Eisenhower|
Mary Jean Eisenhower at the Military Child of the Year Awards Gala in 2013
December 21, 1955 |
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Barbara Jean Thompson Eisenhower
|Relatives||David Eisenhower II (brother)
Susan Eisenhower (sister)
Anne Eisenhower (sister)
Julie Nixon Eisenhower (sister-in-law)
Jennie Eisenhower (niece)
Alexander Richard Eisenhower (nephew)
Melanie Catherine Eisenhower (niece)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (grandfather)
Mamie Eisenhower (grandmother)
Mary Eisenhower was born in Washington, D.C., during her grandfather's first term and christened in the Blue Room of the White House. She grew up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the Eisenhower Farm, where General Eisenhower retired after leaving office. Ms. Eisenhower attended Schuylkill Consolidated School in fifth grade and Westtown School in Pennsylvania until her father, John Eisenhower, was appointed United States Ambassador to Belgium. She lived in Belgium from 1969 to 1972. Eisenhower began her career working on Capitol Hill and then managed an engineering firm. She also has served as a Fellow at Stanford University.[dead link]
Work with People to People International
She has worked to develop and expand the mission of People to People International. Eisenhower became the Chief Executive Officer of People to People International in January 2000 and its President in 2003. She served as chief executive officer until June 2013. She currently holds the title of Chairman Emeritus.
During her work with People to People International, Eisenhower visited Morocco to represent her family to the King on the 50th anniversary of the Casablanca Conference. She also traveled to the beaches of Normandy to meet many of the veterans who served with her grandfather on the D-Day invasion. In the last six years, Eisenhower has left United States soil over 70 times and visited over 40 countries. Missions have ranged from meeting first families to distributing foodstuffs in developing countries to cultural and humanitarian exchanges.
Inspired by an orphanage she visited in Morocco, Eisenhower launched the People to People International Friendship Fund in 1999. The Fund is designed to enable individuals to support the service-oriented facilities they visit throughout the world and to provide a mechanism through which the network of PTPI Chapters can assist one another. Today, the fund has supported causes ranging from the Global Humanitarian Eradication of Landmines, Children's Mercy Hospital in London, England, United Kingdom, earthquake relief in India, disaster relief to victims of September 11 attacks, and their families, support of under resourced schools in China and Sri Lanka, a home for leukemia victims and their families in Cuba, to a library project in Vietnam and the Friends of Egypt organization. One hundred percent of all funds received by the International Friendship Fund are allocated in support of the projects specified by donors.
After the September 11 attacks, Eisenhower became intently focused upon bringing young people from around the globe into contact with one another in order to expose them to diverse cultures and conflict management tools that might facilitate the amelioration of long-standing disputes. Her vision came to fruition with Peace Camp 2003: An Evolution of Thought and Change and the Global Peace Initiative. Both the Peace Camp and the Global Peace Initiative brought participants from over 30 nationalities together in Egypt to discuss contemporary issues and gain nuanced insights into the varied and unique cultures represented among the participants. Suzanne Mubarak, former First Lady of Egypt co hosted this event.
Eisenhower has been awarded the Knight of Peace Award from the International University in Assisi, Italy. She also holds Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters from Schiller International University, Park University and Jewell College. She was awarded the Medal of Honor from the Slovak Republic as well as Friendship Ambassador from the People's Republic of China, among others.
- Larsen, Douglas (28 December 1955). "Mary Jane Eisenhower Enters Life Facing Two Demanding Traditions". Florence Times. p. Section 2 Page 3. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
- "Eisenhower Granddaughter Pushes Exchange Programs". Boca Raton News. 24 October 2002. p. 31. Retrieved 2 November 2010.