About Mary Wald
Mary Wald built her first website in 1993, hard coding html on Notepad on a pc. It was a site that raised sponsorships and supplies for Tibetan refugee children in the Dalai Lama’s communities in Dharamsala, India. She combined a strong background in public relations and writing to bring vital causes to the web.
By 2000, Mary had built TheCommunity.com, a portal for non profits that collaborated on projects. Partnering with José Ramos-Horta, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, (and current President of Timor-Leste), her work quickly expanded into providing communications support, 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. Her work expanded to include writing, editing, and media placement for other Nobel Peace Prize laureates, and for the annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
She and Ramos-Horta organized the Nobel laureates into joint actions on critical human rights issues including the treatment of the Dalai Lama by China, the use of torture by the U.S., the execution of dissidents by Saudi Arabia, and others. Her work on these issues has appeared in the New York Time, Washington Post, on CNN, NPR, and more.
She has produced video with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev, Bono, Paul Simon, NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and others.
Throughout this work, she has continued to provide website services, online promotion, and writing and editorial services for commercial enterprises.
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.’