THORN DRIVES TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION TO FIGHT THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN.
We partner across the tech industry, government and NGOs and leverage technology to combat predatory behavior, rescue victims, and protect vulnerable children.
THORN TECHNOLOGY TASK FORCE
The Thorn Technology Task Force is comprised of more than 20 technology companies that lend their knowledge, time and resources to the work that we do.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Co-founder of Thorn
Co-Founder of Thorn, Ashton is an actor, entrepreneur, tech investor, producer and philanthropist focused on using technology to effect positive changes in the world. In 2010 Time Magazine named him among their Top 100 Most Influential People; the following year, Vanity Fair honored him in their 2011 New Establishment List, which identifies the top 50 of an innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies and entrepreneurs.
Co-founder of Thorn
Demi is an actress and a long-standing advocate for women’s issues. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in If These Walls Could Talk and a Director’s Guild nomination for Five, an anthology of short films that explore the impact of breast cancer. She partnered with CNN Freedom Project for the documentary Nepal’s Stolen Children to highlight the work of anti-trafficking advocate Anuradha Koirala.
United Nations Advocate and Special Envoy
Ray (United Nations Secretary-General’s
Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Advocate and Special Envoy for Malaria) is a philanthropist and humanitarian who directs most of his efforts toward helping children. He is the founding chairman of the Points of Light Foundation and cofounder, with Colin Powell, of America’s Promise—The Alliance for Youth. He also cofounded the National Mentoring Partnership, the Millennium Promise Alliance and Malaria No More.
Chair of the Thorn Technology Task Force
Jim is an entrepreneur and scientist. He co-founded Attributor (acq. Digimarc), advised Facebook on their ad targeting systems, was CEO of Moreover Technologies (acq. Verisign), and co-founded Outride (acq. Google). Jim was a research scientist at Xerox PARC and Chair of the WWW Consortium’s Web Characterization Activity. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated Cum Laude in Psychology from the University of Colorado, where he helped prototype some of the first uses of the Web within NASA.
Cisco Chief Technology & Strategy Officer
Padmasree is charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape, and lead major market transitions. She helps direct technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, the integration of new business models, the incubation of new technologies, and the cultivation of world-class technical talent.
Julie came to Thorn from (RED) where she was VP of Marketing/Communications and helped establish the brand as one most successful cause marketing initiatives in history, delivering more than $160 million to fight AIDS in Africa. Prior to joining (RED), Julie spent nearly a decade in the wireless industry helping to launch HELIO, a mobile virtual network operator, and leading Motorola’s global category marketing team. Julie holds a B.A. in Communications, from UCLA and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Director of Programs
Claire has been working on child sex trafficking prevention since 2010. Previously, she worked in strategy consulting at Roll Global, a private holding company that owns Fiji Water, POM Wonderful, and other CPG brands. Prior to this, she was a management consultant at The Parthenon Group, helping Fortune 500 companies increase profitability and working with private equity firms to conduct due diligence projects on potential acquisitions. Claire holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.
Director of Development
Prior to joining Thorn, Sarah worked at Free the Slaves, an International NGO dedicated to ending modern day slavery, where she oversaw the Major Giving Program. Originally from Los Angeles but now based in Washington D.C., Sarah leads Thorn’s development efforts to raise support for all programmatic work, identify potential partners and expand Thorn’s network on the East Coast. Sarah holds a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley where she studied Art History and Gender Studies.
Director of Strategy & Operations
Brooke has over 12 years of experience in IT consulting, operations, and program management. She started her career as a Consultant at Accenture, working with Fortune 500 clients in Telecommunications and Entertainment. Prior to Thorn, Brooke was Associate Director at Cognizant, developing successful campus hiring programs. She has significant volunteer experience in the anti-trafficking movement and currently serves on the Board of the Mary Magdalene Project. She holds B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and an M.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies from Fuller Seminary.
Leah is a human rights activist who spent a considerable amount of time managing services for African refugees in Israel. She has extensive experience volunteering with families from developing countries and is passionate about serving underprivileged populations. She holds a B.A. in Sociology with a Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Maia comes from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where she spearheaded the Human Exploitation and Trafficking (H.E.A.T.) Watch Program, a nationally-recognized, award-winning initiative to combat modern-day slavery. While at H.E.A.T. Watch, Maia helped build the program into a 5-point strategy to include an annual billboard campaign, graphic novel series, radio show, and online toolkit to name a few. Prior to her work with H.E.A.T. Watch, Maia worked directly with survivors as a 2010 Client Services & Outreach Fellow for Polaris, a national NGO dedicated to combatting domestic human trafficking. She also started her own radio show about modern-day slavery, and interned for The SOLD Project to raise money for educational scholarships for children at risk of commercial sexual exploitation in Thailand. Currently, Maia serves as a human trafficking consultant for Fox Valley Technical College/Department of Justice. Maia holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, and is pursuing her M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
Digital Advertising Technologist
Dan utilizes behavioral analytics, predictive modeling and the latest advertising technologies to drive and develop projects within Thorn’s deterrence and victim outreach programs. Prior to joining Thorn, Dan spent over a decade in private practice managing all aspects of technology-driven marketing for a roster of business, trade and nonprofit organizations. Dan studied Journalism at UMN and is pursuing an M.A. in Health Communications.
Griff is student at UCLA studying World Arts and Culture. Professors within his department dedicate a lot of their lives to participating in and teaching arts activism which has inspired him to continue charitable work. Throughout his teenage years, Griff worked with charities that deal with abused minors. Griff is now working on a handful of new projects with Thorn.
OUR PRO BONO PARTNERS
Thank you to those who contribute their expertise to help achieve our goals.