About Mary Wald
Coming into the Internet with a strong background in public relations and writing, Mary Wald built her first web site in 1993. It was a site that raised sponsorships and supplies for Tibetan refugee children in the Dalai Lama’s communities in Dharamsala, India.
By 2000, Mary had built TheCommunity.com, a portal for non profits that collaborated on projects. When she met José Ramos-Horta, the Nobel Peace Prize winner from East Timor that year, he asked for help in raising school supplies for his country. The small island had been occupied by Indonesia for 24 years in one of the most brutal, and unknown, human rights disasters of our time. The occupation had ended, but the country was devastated.
Mary’s site, TheCommunity.com, and their partner Peacejam, collaborated on an Internet drive for school supplies for East Timor. They raised six tons of supplies.
Since that time, Mary has had numerous opportunities to bring her understanding of public relations and Internet media, her writing and editorial skills, to successfully collaborate with many of the Nobel Peace Prize winners and support their activities. She published the collective statements of the Nobel Peace Prize laureates after 9/11; the site received international press, was named the number two site in USA Today's top ten sites that year, and selected for inclusion in the U.S. Library of Congress archive on 9/11. Mary has organized the Nobel laureates into collective actions on the treatment of the Dalai Lama by China, the use of torture by the U.S., the sentencing to death of young dissidents by the Saudi Royal family, and more.
Mary has produced video with the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, José Ramos-Horta, Mohammed ElBaradei, Joseph Rotblat, and Mikhail Gorbachev. She has generated support for the causes of the Nobel laureates from a growing community of allied artists, including Bono, Michael Douglas, Paul Simon, Robert De Niro, Paul McCartney, Ron Howard and others.
For many years I have trusted Mary to edit and place my work with international media, including the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal and others… She is extremely literate and able to navigate politically sensitive materials. She demonstrates confidence in working with high-level editors and agents.
I find Mary extremely bright and creative, and most importantly, trustworthy. I have repeatedly relied on her good judgment and consider her an asset to the government of East Timor, and to the world of the Nobel Peace Prize winners.
Having worked for former President Jimmy Carter since 1988, I have had the occasion to collaborate with leaders from many different organizations on hundreds of worthy initiatives around the issues of human rights and peace. Mary stands out as one of those individuals who will seize opportunities effectively by combining her knowledge of the issues with her inter-personal skills and enormous network of both creative and influential individuals. I sincerely hope that we have the opportunity to work together more often and I would assert that any organization would be truly fortunate to have Mary on their team, whatever the endeavor.
I have been pleased to see her carry [our] messages out, not only on her web site, Facebook and the Huffington Post, but at times to hundreds and even thousands of news outlets.
I have happily referred to Mary as a ‘co-conspirator.’