Mary has been working with and doing communications functions for Nobel Peace Prize laureates for more than 16 years. She founded TheCommunity.com, which has executed effective, high-impact campaigns with the Nobel laureates since 2001 She has served in PR, editorial and web strategy functions for Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos-Horta since 2001, and was a partner for four years in the Rome Summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
In 2001 Mary and José Ramos-Horta gathered and published the statements of the Nobel Peace Prize winners in response to 9/11 on TheCommunity.com. The site and statements were covered around the world in press and online. It was named the number two site of the year in USA Today’s top ten web sites for the year, and was selected for entry into the US Library of Congress archive for 9/11.
In 2002, sponsored by the UN Foundation, Mary webcast the Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) Independence celebrations, when with Presidents, Kings and other leaders from around the world present, Timor-Leste stood on its feet as the first new democracy of our millennium. Mary organized and hosted the VIP event at the UN when the country was inducted into the UN and the flag of Timor-Leste was raised for the first time.
Mary has launched actions and campaigns involving 27 Nobel Peace Prize laureates. She has personally connected artists including Bono, Paul Simon, Robert de Niro, Ron Howard, Michael Douglas, Peter Gabriel and others to the causes of the Nobel laureates. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, AP and more.
Among the projects she has launched and executed:
- In 2009, in conjunction with the International Campaign for Tibet, Mary co-ordinated and released a statement from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the leadership of China, asking them to stop “naming, blaming and defaming” the Dalai Lama. The letter was signed by 10,000 people including 10 other Nobel laureates, as well as Harrison Ford, Gwyneth Paltrow, Richard Gere, George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Noor. It was covered internationally on AP, on the front page of the International Herald Tribune, the Hong Kong Morning Press, the New Straits Times in Malaysia, and other online and print outlets around the globe.
- In 2014, co-ordinating with the office of Senator Diane Feinstein, head of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the ACLU and others, Mary proposed and co-ordinated a letter to President Obama from 12 Nobel laureates condemning the use of torture by the US. The letter was covered on the front page of the New York Times, covered by AP, Reuters, AFP and others around the world, and elicited a personal response from the President.
- In 2016 Mary proposed a letter from José Ramos-Horta to the King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia asking them to stay the execution of 14 young men charged with, among other non-violent offenses, opening a Facebook group, and posting images of a demonstration on social media. The letter was covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and through the Associated Press, in news outlets around the world.
Mary is the producer of What’s so hard about Peace?, a series of interviews with the Nobel lauerates being interviewed by notable artists. Three episodes of the series have been shot, with Bono and Mikhail Gorbachev, Michael Douglas and Sir Joseph Rotblat, and musician Paul Simon and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
“Over the last years I have had the opportunity to engage in cooperative efforts with Mary’s web site, TheCommunity.com. She has initiated messages from me on issues near to my heart… I have happily referred to Mary as a ‘co-conspirator.’
Karin Ryan, Human Rights Director, Carter Center for Human Rights
“Mary stands out as one of those individuals who will sieze opportunities effectively by combining her knowledge of the issues with her inter-personal skill and enormous network of both creative and influential individuals.”