Mary Wald has been working closely with Nobel Peace Prize laureates for more than 22 years. She has written, edited, placed media, and organized the Nobel laureates into collective actions on crucial social issues, including the use of torture by the U.S., the execution of dissidents by the Saudis, and the treatment of the Dalai Lama by China. Her work has been published or profiled by the New York Times, Associated Press, Washington Post, Hong Kong Morning Post, on CNN, NPR, and more.
In 2000 Mary founded TheCommunity.com, an online portal for peace and human rights, with José Ramos-Horta, the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize winner and currect President of Timor-Leste, formerly East Timor. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was the active human rights advisor for the site for 14 years. 27 Nobel Peace Prize laureates have participated in actions on the site.
Mary was a consultant to Peter Gabriel and Richard Branson on the founding of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders working for peace, justice, and human rights, founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007. 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. In this capacity she handled all logistics and coordinated international PR for the presentation of the Summit’s peace award by Mayor Veltroni and President Gorbachev.
In November, 2022, Mary initiated a letter in support of 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa who was facing legal persecution for her online news site in the Philippines. The letter was signed by her fellow Nobel laureate, Russian journalist Dmitri Muratov, who also taped a video in support, and all of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, with the wife of political prisoner Ales Bialiatski signing on his behalf. The letter received front page coverage in the New York Times. Ressa was subsequently acquitted of all charges.
Mary continues to service as the international public relations representative for President Ramos-Horta.