Tim Shriver is a social leader, an educator, author, film
producer, and entrepreneur. He is the Chairman of Special Olympics,
and in that capacity he serves with over 4.5 million Special
Olympics athletes and their families in 170 countries.
Shriver has been a part of an amazing team that has created
exciting new Special Olympics programs in athlete leadership,
cross-cultural research, health, education, and family support.
Among them, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® has become the
world's largest public health examination and education program for
people with intellectual disabilities, and Special Olympics Project
Unify has become a powerful new program promoting school-based
social inclusion and unified leadership. In addition, he has worked
to garner more government support for issues of concern to the
Special Olympics community, testifying before the United States
Congress and challenging government leaders worldwide to respect
the dignity and possibilities of people with intellectual
As part of his passion for promoting the gifts of the
marginalized, Shriver has harnessed the power of Hollywood to share
stories of inspiration and change, co-producing DreamWorks Studios'
1997 release, "Amistad," and Disney Studios' 2000 release, "The
Loretta Claiborne Story." He is Executive Producer of "The Ringer,"
a Farrelly Brothers' film, and "Front of the Class," a Hallmark
Hall of Fame television movie. He has produced or co-produced shows
for ABC, TNT, and NBC networks, and made broadcast appearances on
The Today Show, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, CNN, the
Stephen Colbert Show, and Real Time with Bill Maher. In 2014,
Shriver wrote Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most, where he
shares the life-changing impact of people with intellectual
disabilities and their capacity to inspire others to find out about
what matters most.
Before joining Special Olympics in 1995, Shriver was and
remains a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional
factors in learning. He co-founded and currently chairs the
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL),
the leading research organization in the field of social and
Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University,
a Master's degree in Religion and Religious Education from Catholic
University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of
Connecticut. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including
honorary degrees from Loyola University, New England College,
Albertus Magnus College, University of Connecticut, Niagara
University, University of Illinois, and Villanova University; the
Medal of the City of Athens, Greece; the Order de Manuel Amador
Guerrera of the Republic of Panama; the Connecticut Citizen of the
Year Award; the U.S. Surgeon General's Medallion; the Lions
Humanitarian Award, the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award, the
Children's Hospital Health System's Friend of Children Award, and
the "Bammy" Special Achievement in Education Award. In 2011 he was
recognized by The Huffington Post as one of the top 100 Game
Changers. He has authored articles in many leading publications
including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington
Post, and Commonweal Magazine.
Shriver is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and
serves on the Board of the WPP Group, LLC.
He and his wife, Linda Potter, reside in the Washington, D.C.
area and have five children.