Mark K. Shriver is the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Action Network, where he leads an effort to mobilize Americans to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early childhood education and that children around the world survive and thrive. He is also Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs & Advocacy at Save the Children. 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 Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their three children. Shriver’s latest book, Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis, was published in 2016 by Random House. His 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. You can follow Mark on Twitter (@Mark_Shriver) or on Facebook (@MarkKennedyShriver).
Betsy Zorio is the Acting Associate Vice President of Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), in charge of day-to-day operations. She has been with SCAN since its inception in 2014. She is also Chief of Staff for Save the Children’s U.S. Programs & Advocacy. Previously, she was Director of Special Projects and Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs at Save the Children. Before coming to Save the Children in 2006, Betsy worked for more than five years at Special Olympics, most recently as Manager of Donor Relations. She also spent a year at Best Buddies, serving as Volunteer Manager for the eBuddies program. Betsy is a native of the Washington, D.C. area and holds a Bachelor's degree in government and politics from George Mason University, where she managed the Best Buddies chapter for three years.
Prior to joining SCAN, Paul Ciaramitaro worked in federal electoral politics for a decade. Serving as a field staffer on President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004, he then went on to the National Republican Congressional Committee, followed by the 2008 Mitt Romney for President Campaign, where he specialized in research and communications. After serving as a campaign manager on several congressional campaigns across the country from 2009-2011, Paul joined the strategic consulting firm Black Rock Group where he worked for an array of political and corporate clients. Paul joined SCAN in April 2014.
Brendan Daly, a veteran communications strategist with more than 25 years of public and private sector experience, leads SCAN’s key communications strategy and messaging initiatives. He joined SCAN in February 2015, after previously serving as Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy and spending nine years as Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s Communications Director. As then-Speaker Pelosi’s chief spokesman, he headed a 12-member communications department with responsibility for messaging for House Democratic leaders and for translating the priorities of House Democrats into a unified message that members took home to voters. He was a close adviser and strategist for the Speaker, involved in all aspects of policy and messaging. A former daily newspaper reporter, Brendan also has held senior communications positions with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the U.S. Trade Representative and the Peace Corps. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University.
Judie Jerald is the Senior Early Childhood Advisor for US Programs and Advocacy at Save the Children. She has more than 40 years of experience as an early childhood education expert and program developer. Prior to coming to Save the Children in 2006 she was the National Director of Early Head Start. At Save the Children she has been the Executive Director of six Early Head Start and Head Start programs and she designed and directed Early Steps to School Success, the signature home visiting program of Save the Children which now operates in 14 states.
Kimberly Robson brings more than 20 years of political, policy, fundraising and field organizing to Save the Children Action Network. Before joining SCAN, she served for eight years as the Director of Affiliate and National Programs at NARAL Pro-Choice America where she was responsible for designing, overseeing and implementing all aspects of the organization’s organizing plan to build a politically active constituency across the country. In addition, she was responsible for implementing programs to build capacity in the state affiliate network. From 2002-2006, Kimberly served as National Field Director for People for the American Way where she served as co-chair of the National Grassroots taskforce on the federal judiciary and managed People For’s Political Action Committee. Kimberly also served for five years as Director of Policy and Programs for Women’s Action for New Directions, representing the organization on Capitol Hill, and she also worked for two years as Finance Director for Citizen Action’s Campaign for a Responsible Congress. Kimberly grew up in Utah, but has made Washington, D.C. her home for the last 25 years.
Roy Chrobocinski is the Director of Federal Government Relations for SCAN, where he leads efforts to ensure federal investments in early childhood education in the U.S. and maternal and child health globally. Prior to joining SCAN, Roy spent three years lobbying on manufacturing and research and development policy for mechanical engineers. He also spent five years as a legislative assistant for Congressman John Sarbanes, handling a wide variety of issues including education and science and technology policy. Roy’s first years in the workforce were as a middle school teacher in the Baltimore suburbs. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Fairfield University and has his Masters in Secondary Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore.
Diana Onken is the Mobilization Director for Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), where she runs the organization’s national mobilization campaigns and leads online advocacy efforts. With more than two decades of experience, she blends advocacy, digital strategy, strategic planning and grassroots organizing to win for kids. Prior to her work with SCAN, Diana was the deputy field director at NARAL Pro-Choice America. While at NARAL Diana was the architect of many successful advocacy campaigns and grassroots political efforts. Before joining NARAL, Diana led digital strategy at the Moving Ideas Network. She also served as the grassroots lobbyist for the League of Women Voters, ran organizing and political campaigns for Maryland NARAL, and led various fundraising and field programs for Peace Action. Diana has a B.A. in English Studies from Illinois State University and a Masters of Public Management from the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Policy.
Ed Stierli is the State Director of Mobilization for SCAN, responsible for managing campaigns in targeted states advocating for kids. He most recently spent five years at the National Parks Conservation Association, where he led the National Park Service Centennial “Find Your Voice” campaign and efforts supporting policies that connect kids with the outdoors. In NPCA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, he coordinated conservation outreach and advocacy projects—including successfully advocating for the designation of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park and expansion of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Previous work includes coordinating federal, state, and local campaign efforts for the Alliance for Climate Protection and National Association for the Education of Young Children, as well as teaching middle school English in New Orleans. Ed has a B.S. in History and Political Science from Florida State University and a Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University.