Timothy Shriver is Chairman of Special Olympics and in that capacity, he happily serves together with over 5.3 million Special Olympics athletes in 169 countries, all working to promote health, education, and a more unified world through the joy of sports.
Before joining Special Olympics, Shriver was a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors of learning. Starting in 1983, he studied child development with Dr. James Comer at the Yale Child Study Center, and there discovered the inescapable link between emotion, relationships, and learning. In 1987 he created the country’s first comprehensive school-based primary prevention program in New Haven, CT. The Social Development Department featured a K-12 social and emotional learning curriculum, a city-wide Extended Day Academy, a parent education program, and a mental health team dedicated to positive school climate and effective services for those most in need. The effort was nationally recognized and remains a model. In 1994 Shriver co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the world’s leading school reform organization in the field of social, emotional and academic learning. He is President of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council at the NIH and a non-executive director of WPP plc.
Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master’s degree from Catholic University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut. He is the author of the New York Times Best Seller Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most, has produced 4 films, written for dozens of newspapers and magazines, founded Lovin’ Scoopful Ice Cream Company and has been awarded numerous honorary degrees and awards for his work in education and on behalf of persons with disabilities.
Shriver lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife Linda Potter. They have 5 adult children.