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Mary Davis, Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer

Mary Davis

Chief Executive Officer

Mary Davis is the Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics. She has been a longtime leader within the Special Olympics movement and currently leads an international team of over 250 professionals throughout the world.

Davis started with Special Olympics soon after college as a local program volunteer and coach. Since then, she accomplished a great deal in a series of leadership roles, including:

  • Being an integral member of the team that created Special Olympics’ first-ever Regional Games, the 1985 Special Olympics European Games.
  • Building a powerful national program as CEO of Special Olympics Ireland.
  • Globalizing the movement as CEO of the first Special Olympics World Summer Games held outside the US, the 2003 Games in Ireland.
  • Serving as President & Managing Director of Europe Eurasia for eight years.

Davis was awarded a Person of the Year Award for her work on the 2003 World Summer Games and her years of service with Special Olympics Ireland. Based primarily in Washington, DC, she also maintains residency in Dublin, Ireland. She is married to Julian Davis and has four children: Jonathan, Rebecca, Emma, and Patrick. Davis is an athlete; she has run the New York City Marathon and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Blanc.

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