Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a grandmother, an Emmy, Gracie and Peabody award-winning journalist, story-teller, seven-time New York Times best-selling author, NBC News Special Anchor, founder of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and Strategic Advisor on Women’s Health and Alzheimer’s at Cleveland Clinic. She is also the founder of Shriver Media and co-founder of the mission-driven brain health and wellness brand, MOSH.
A trailblazer for empowering women, Shriver uses her voice and multiple platforms to advance some of our nation’s most pressing issues affecting women and women’s health. Today she acts as an outside strategic advisor to President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on the first-ever White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research, an initiative Shriver helped bring about. But her leadership in women’s health began long before. In 2010, she broke new ground when, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s” reported for the first time publicly that women are at an increased risk for the disease. Shriver went on to receive the first-ever Alzheimer’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of public service, activism, and leadership.
Today, the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement at Cleveland Clinic is the preeminent organization for women and Alzheimer’s, funding gender-based Alzheimer’s research —with a mission to educate women and their families about the disproportionate impact the disease has on them.
During her time as First Lady of California from 2003-2010, Shriver worked tirelessly on behalf of women and families, particularly those living on the brink of poverty. In 2016, Shriver was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. She is also the recipient of the Best Buddies Spirit of Leadership Award for her life-long advocacy on behalf of those with intellectual disabilities.
Shriver’s life and career are driven by her fervent belief that everyone has the ability to be an “Architect of Change” and make the world a better place. Her for-benefit media company Shriver Media, produces award-winning content across multiple platforms, including books, digital series, films, and documentaries such as HBO’s Paycheck to Paycheck and The Alzheimer’s Project.
Shriver Media’s digital platform, The Sunday Paper, is multiple award-winning publication that elevates the voices of today’s greatest hearts and minds and is a roadmap to living life Above the Noise. Shriver’s weekly Sunday Paper column, “I’ve Been Thinking,” is the recipient of the prestigious Gracie Award.
Her book imprint, The Open Field, which she launched in 2021 at Penguin Random House, has published multiple New York Times bestselling books. Shriver’s own latest books, New York Times bestseller I’ve Been Thinking and its companion I’ve Been Thinking…The Journal offer wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration for those seeking to create a meaningful life of their own.