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.
Dr. Michael Seto
Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brooke oversees all of Thorn’s programs, products and operations to ensure effective and efficient execution of Thorn’s mission. Prior to joining Thorn, Brooke spent over 12 years working in IT consulting, operations, and program management, supporting Fortune 500 clients in Telecommunications and Entertainment. She has significant volunteer experience in the anti-trafficking movement and currently serves on the Board of Journey Out in Los Angeles. 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.
Sugreev analyzes Thorn’s rich data set in order to improve its deterrence program and better understand the demand for online child sexual exploitation content. He has had years of analytics experience in the field of experimental and computational fusion energy physics, and more recently was a data scientist working with realtime sensor data for healthcare and defense applications. He holds a B.A. in Physics and Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from UC San Diego.
Kristin came to Thorn from 41st Parameter where she was Sr. Product Manager and developed the product strategy and roadmap for FraudNet – the leading web fraud detection software protecting the world’s premium brands against cyber fraud. Kristin has over 14 years of experience in product management, product marketing, online community development, business analysis and project management. She volunteers as a Team Captain for Team World Vision to raise awareness and funds to provide clean water to the worlds most vulnerable children in developing countries. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in Psychology from California Lutheran University.
Ruben van der Dussen
Ruben researches and develops technology used to fight child abuse. He looks for ways the latest technology can address problems in the field of online child abuse. With these technologies he is building a platform that is used by the industry to fight online child abuse. Prior to Thorn he worked in healthcare. First as a strategy consultant, later as a software engineer building the next generation of patient monitoring using AI. He holds a B.S. in systems engineering from Delft University of Technology. Ruben is driven by the use of technology to solve issues in society.
Nikisha supports Thorn in their extensive development efforts and joins the team with a diverse set of fundraising and nonprofit experience. Prior to joining Thorn, Nikisha was responsible for donor, brand, and event management for weSPARK Cancer Support Center. Passionate about social impact and volunteerism, Nikisha also worked for the Special Olympics World Games 2015: Los Angeles raising money for the international athletes attending the games and spent considerable time driving campus-wide mental health and wellness initiatives on her college campus. Originally from the Bay Area, she holds a B.S. in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mike builds software used to fight child abuse. Prior to Thorn, he worked at BigFix and then IBM creating a large-scale systems management platform. His background is in computer security and distributed computing. Mike is also a comedy writer; his work can be seen on the screen at Medium and on the stage at Killing My Lobster sketch shows in San Francisco. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Carleton College and an M.S. in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Chase researches technology and develops software used to fight child abuse. He is passionate about improving society through practical software. Prior to Thorn, he worked at Amazon developing customer-facing features and large-scale supporting systems for the Silk browser using Amazon Web Services. Chase also composes modern piano pieces in his free time. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Pro Bono Partners
Thank you to those who contribute their expertise to help achieve our goals.