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.
In 2000 she built a new site, 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).
The relationship with Nobel laureate José Ramos-Horta — still an active advisor and mentor to Mary’s work — led to working with many of the other Nobel Peace Prize laureates. 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. Her 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.
Mary was a media partner on the launch of the annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome from 2002 – 2007 when it was produced by former President Mikhail Gorbachev and Mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni, getting the first widespread international press on the Summit.
In 2019 Mary produced a series of videos profiling 14 astounding women at Jet Propulsion Lab, profiling their road to JPL, their current work, and their advice to young girls.
Mary is producing What’s So Hard about Peace?, a series of interviews with Nobel Peace Prize laureates and internationally renowned artists, produced in partnership with the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.
For more than 20 years Mary has written, edited, done media placement for Dr. Ramos-Horta, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and current President of Timor-Leste. She build the web sites for him and for the first term of his Presidency in 2008. In April 2022 Dr. Ramos-Horta was elected to his second term as President. Mary continues to maintain his web presence and represent him to international media.