Our Leadership


Mark K. Shriver is the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Action Network, where he leads an effort to mobilize Americans to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths globally and to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early childhood education. He is also Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs & Advocacy at Save the Children. Shriver’s career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office, has focused on advancing the right of every child to a safe and vibrant childhood.

Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003, serving as Senior Vice President for U.S. Programs until 2013. In that capacity, he created and oversaw the agency’s early childhood education, literacy, health, and emergency preparedness and response programs in the United States.

Shriver was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002. In 1988, he founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling.

Shriver received his B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their three children.

Shriver’s latest book, Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis, was published in 2016 by Random House. His New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt.

You can follow Mark on Twitter (@Mark_Shriver) or on Facebook (@MarkKennedyShriver).

 Kris Perry became the president of Save the Children Action Network in February 2018. Formerly the Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund, Kris understands that the future lies in the health and wellbeing of children. She has dedicated her career to bringing resources and support to parents, caregivers, and early learning workforce professionals to ensure children grow up healthy and ready to succeed. Kris has appeared in the New York Times, POLITICO, New Republic, Salon, Congressional Quarterly and many other new outlets across the country.

Kris has also served as Executive Director of First 5 California and First 5 San Mateo County, fostering their emergence as one of the most well-known and respected advocates for early childhood development on the state and national levels. Her dedication to children and their families began at the Alameda County Social Services Agency where she worked for more than 12 years in various capacities, including child abuse investigator, family preservation case manager, and program manager.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University. She also completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. Kris is a licensed clinical social worker and a board certified diplomat who holds a postgraduate certificate as a service integration specialist.

Kris and her wife Sandy have four sons and live in Washington, DC.

You can follow Kris on Twitter (@kmpperry).

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Brendan Daly, a veteran communications strategist with more than 25 years of public and private sector experience, leads SCAN’s key communications strategy and messaging initiatives. He joined SCAN in February 2015, after previously serving as Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy and spending nine years as Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s Communications Director.

As then-Speaker Pelosi’s chief spokesman, he headed a 12-member communications department with responsibility for messaging for House Democratic leaders and for translating the priorities of House Democrats into a unified message that members took home to voters. He was a close adviser and strategist for the Speaker, involved in all aspects of policy and messaging.

A former daily newspaper reporter, Brendan also has held senior communications positions with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the U.S. Trade Representative and the Peace Corps. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University.

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Judith Jerald is the Senior Early Childhood Advisor for the Save the Children Action Network (SCAN). Before joining SCAN in January 2016, Judie served as the Early Childhood Senior Director for U.S. Programs at Save the Children. In this role she had oversight of early childhood initiatives and was the Executive Director of the six Early Head Start and Head Start programs which Save the Children administers, serving 3000 children. In 2006, when she joined Save the Children, she designed and directed the home-based Early Steps to School Success, a signature program of Save the Children which operates in 14 states.

Before joining Save the Children she served as the National Director of the Early Head Start Program at the Office of Head Start (OHS) from 1999 -2006. In her work at OHS she was charged with early childhood policy planning and implementation, managing national training, research and technical assistance contracts, initiating special program initiatives, and supporting the Administration for Children and Families’ federal regional offices in their work with Early Head Start grantees.

Previous to her Head Start appointment Judie was the founder and director of Early Education Services, an umbrella agency that provides comprehensive services to young children and their families throughout Windham County, Vermont. She administered a variety of early childhood and family support programs, including Early Head Start, preschool Head Start, Even Start, state welfare reform and child care contracts, and school district preschool programs.

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Kimberly Robson brings more than 20 years of political, policy, fundraising and field organizing to Save the Children Action Network. Before joining SCAN, she served for eight years as the Director of Affiliate and National Programs at NARAL Pro-Choice America where she was responsible for designing, overseeing and implementing all aspects of the organization’s organizing plan to build a politically active constituency across the country. In addition, she was responsible for implementing programs to build capacity in the state affiliate network.

From 2002-2006, Kimberly served as National Field Director for People for the American Way where she served as co-chair of the National Grassroots taskforce on the federal judiciary and managed People For’s Political Action Committee. Kimberly also served for five years as Director of Policy and Programs for Women’s Action for New Directions, representing the organization on Capitol Hill, and she also worked for two years as Finance Director for Citizen Action’s Campaign for a Responsible Congress.

Kimberly grew up in Utah, but has made Washington, D.C. her home for the last 21 years.

Accordion Roy Chrobocinski is the Director of Federal Government Relations for SCAN, where he leads efforts to ensure federal investments in early childhood education in the U.S. and maternal and child health globally. Prior to joining SCAN, Roy spent three years lobbying on manufacturing and research and development policy for mechanical engineers. He also spent five years as a legislative assistant for Congressman John Sarbanes, handling a wide variety of issues including education and science and technology policy. 

Roy’s first years in the workforce were as a middle school teacher in the Baltimore suburbs. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Fairfield University and has his Masters in Secondary Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore.
Diana Onken is the Mobilization Director for Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), where she runs the organization’s national mobilization campaigns and leads online advocacy efforts. With more than two decades of experience, she blends advocacy, digital strategy, strategic planning and grassroots organizing to win for kids. Prior to her work with SCAN, Diana was the deputy field director at NARAL Pro-Choice America. While at NARAL Diana was the architect of many successful advocacy campaigns and grassroots political efforts. Before joining NARAL, Diana led digital strategy at the Moving Ideas Network. She also served as the grassroots lobbyist for the League of Women Voters, ran organizing and political campaigns for Maryland NARAL, and led various fundraising and field programs for Peace Action.

Diana has a B.A. in English Studies from Illinois State University and a Masters of Public Management from the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Policy.
Ed Stierli is the State Director of Mobilization for SCAN, responsible for managing campaigns in targeted states advocating for kids. He most recently spent five years at the National Parks Conservation Association, where he led the National Park Service Centennial “Find Your Voice” campaign and efforts supporting policies that connect kids with the outdoors. In NPCA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, he coordinated conservation outreach and advocacy projects—including successfully advocating for the designation of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park and expansion of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Previous work includes coordinating federal, state, and local campaign efforts for the Alliance for Climate Protection and National Association for the Education of Young Children, as well as teaching middle school English in New Orleans. Ed has a B.S. in History and Political Science from Florida State University and a Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University.
As Director of State Government Relations for SCAN, Tara Trujillo leads efforts to expand and increase access to quality early learning programs for children across the country. Prior to joining SCAN, she served the Obama Administration as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. 

Originally from Colorado, Tara worked as communications director, outreach director, and political strategist for U.S. Senator Mark Udall. Before working for Sen. Udall, she managed public relations for former U.S. Representative John Salazar, and was the communications director at the Colorado House of Representatives. During those job positions, she took several leave of absences to work on political campaigns for state and federal candidates. Tara attended Metropolitan State University of Denver.