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.
Chief Executive Officer
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 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.
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.
Senior Product Manager
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
Senior Software Engineer
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.
Our Pro Bono Partners
Thank you to those who contribute their expertise to help achieve our goals.