In 2000 Mary Wald founded TheCommunity.com, a portal for non profits that collaborated on projects, partnering with CARE, Habitat for Humanity and other NGOs on projects in the Bay Area and Afghanistan. Partnering with Peacejam, the site raised six tons of school supplies for East Timor (now Timor-Leste).

She and José Ramos-Horta, the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize laureate from East Timor, founded the Fund for East Timor to raise funds for the country’s rebuilding after the country was devastated by a brutal occupation. The relationship with Ramos-Horta — still an active advisor and mentor to Mary’s work — led to working with many of the other Nobel Peace Prize laureates. For five years she was the Public Relations partner on the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, founded by Mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni and former President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev.

Mary has organized the laureates into actions on critical causes, including the use of torture by the US, the treatment of the Dalai Lama by China, the execution of dissidents by the Saudi Arabia government. 23 Nobel laureates have participated on her actions on TheCommunity.com. She has forwarded their messages with press, story telling, and video production, and has connected artists, including Bono, George Clooney, Paul Simon, Harrison Ford, Paul McCartney and others to their causes.

Mary ‘s work has been covered in the New York Times, on CNN, in Washington Post, on Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, Hong Kong Morning Post, Malaysia New Straits Times, and more. She continues to represent Dr. Ramos-Horta, now President of Timor-Leste for his second term.

 

Moments along the way