Scott Berkowitz is the founder and president of RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (available at 800-656-HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country; operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense; and runs hotlines for dozens of other organizations. RAINN’s victim service programs help more than 230,000 survivors and their loved ones each year.
RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, educate the public, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. Its consulting and training division works with scores of companies, universities, schools and other organizations to help them create best-in-class programs to prevent and respond to sexual violence and misconduct.
Berkowitz is also the CEO of A&I Publishing, a firm that specializes in media start-ups, acquisitions and management. Berkowitz graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
"I am honored to join the Match Group Advisory Council (MGAC) and am pleased that Match Group has taken this step to proactively address safety. RAINN has a long history of helping organizations examine their sexual violence policies and improve their education and response practices. We look forward to work with the MGAC to identify improvements, spread awareness, and help Match Group ensure the safety of its platforms for all users.”
Tarana has worked in social justice and Black arts and culture for more than twenty-five years. Her long and varied professional career started in Selma, AL where, over the span of a decade, she worked with: the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement helping to develop hundreds of youth leaders across the country; at the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute serving as a curatorial consultant and special projects director helping to organize the annual commemoration and celebration of the Selma Voting Rights Struggle known as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee; and as Executive Director of the Black Belt Arts and Cultural Center where she created and oversaw cultural community programs designed for underserved youth. Tarana’s work in Selma earned her a consulting position with the production of the 2014, Oscar nominated film, SELMA directed by the incomparable Ava DuVernay whom she met while serving as Managing Director of Art Sanctuary, a Black arts organization based in Philadelphia.
Tarana is passionate about social justice and has made a lifelong commitment to serving the causes of people of color and marginalized groups with a particular focus on young women and girls. She has done organizing work from the deep South the East Coast dealing with issues ranging from economic justice to police brutality. Her passion for justice has taken her around the country and the world where she has been invited to speak and present at various conferences and gatherings in multiple states and countries, including: Senegal, Cuba, Mali, and Tunisia as a UN Delegate for the World Summit on Information Systems.
In 2003 she turned her focus to young women of color and co-founded Jendayi Aza an African-centered Rites of Passage program for girls. That program eventually evolved into the creation of her non-profit Just Be, Inc. Since its inception, Just Be has served hundreds of girls around the country through unique programming and workshops. Through the work of Just Be, Tarana started the ‘me too.’ Movement, a campaign using the idea of “empowerment through empathy” to help young women of color who are survivors of sexual abuse, assault and exploitation. The campaign is designed to, among other things, train women who are survivors to work in communities of color and fringe communities where there is less access to resources.
Tarana continues her work in service of young women of color as Senior Director of Girls for Gender Equity a youth leadership development organization working to actualize racial and gender justice in partnership with the young people we serve.
Catherine Chen is the Chief Program Officer at Polaris. Catherine joins Polaris having spent 17 years combating human trafficking internationally and across the U.S. Prior to joining Polaris, Catherine led the Human Trafficking and Labor Migration team at Humanity United, building an extensive program to address the trafficking and exploitation of South Asian migrant workers. She also created the Partnership for Freedom, a multi-million dollar public-private partnership launched by President Barack Obama to spur innovation in combating human trafficking.
Catherine comes to Polaris after 7 years as Director of Investments at HU, and more than a decade building anti-trafficking programs across Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and the U.S. Prior to joining HU, she led a U.S. Department of Justice program to train and build capacity of anti-trafficking task forces across the US to better identify and assist human trafficking victims. Before that, she spent several years as the Anti-Trafficking and Child Protection Advisor for Save the Children, including two years working in Indonesia following the Indian Ocean tsunami to prevent child sex trafficking and exploitation of migrant domestic workers.
She has a masters degree in public health from Columbia University with a focus on forced migration, and a bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University.
John F. Clark is president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization on the forefront of child protection for more than 33 years.
Since 1984, NCMEC has helped law enforcement recover more than 250,000 missing kids, distributed billions of missing posters, operated a 24/7 missing children hotline, offered comfort to countless families and trained and provided free resources to law-enforcement and other professionals across the country.
Clark’s extensive law-enforcement background, including 28 years with the United States Marshals Service (USMS), has uniquely prepared him to lead the Alexandria-based organization, whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization.
As CEO, Clark oversees a staff of more 340 employees and offices in five states, including Virginia, New York, Florida, California and Texas. Before joining NCMEC, Clark was director of security at Lockheed Martin Corp., the nation’s largest defense contractor.
For 20 years, NCMEC has operated the CyberTipline, a centralized mechanism for reporting child sexual exploitation. During his two-year tenure at NCMEC, Clark has seen an exponential rise in these reports, with 10 million reports made to the CyberTipline in 2017 alone.
What makes NCMEC truly unique is its 30,000-foot view of the evolving threats to our nation’s children. Clark is passionate about sharing this knowledge with families and communities to better protect children.
Throughout his career, Clark has been a leading child advocate. During his tenure at USMS, Clark implemented and administered Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act, which directed USMS to locate and apprehend fugitive sex offenders. He also oversaw the implementation and operation of the National Sex Offender Targeting Center.
Clark was appointed director of the USMS in 2006 by then-President George W. Bush as its ninth director, a post he held for five years. Before joining the USMS, Clark worked for the U.S. Capitol Police and U.S. Border Patrol. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Syracuse University.
Julie Cordua helped create Thorn in 2012 as an organization focused specifically on building technology to defend children from sexual abuse. Under Julie’s leadership, Thorn has created products and programs that are deployed today in 23 countries, have reached more than 3 million people and have helped identify more than 18,000 victims of abuse. 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. Julie holds a B.A. in Communications, from UCLA and an M.B.A. from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.
Yolanda Edrington is the Chief Operating Officer serving as the leading nonprofit’s Director of NSVRC. She manages the operations of the national center in its mission to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaborating, sharing and creating resources and promoting research. This includes collaborating with a variety of national partners and funders including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Yolanda has over 15 years of experience in navigating different helping systems to afford clients treatment from a strengths based perspective. Professionally and personally she works for social change. Yolanda serves as the 1st Vice President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Harrisburg Chapter; which advocates for black women and girls to live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist. She also advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness through volunteering for community-based programs in Central PA.
"The National Sexual Violence Resource Center is proud to join the Match Group Advisory Council as the company works to promote the safety of its users. We believe it is possible to affect real, meaningful change when corporations invest in advancing understanding, measuring progress, and developing programs and policies that effectively combat sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse by promoting safety, equality, and respect."
Dr. Judy L. Postmus is a Professor and Director and founder of the Center on Violence Against Women & Children at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University. Her research is on physical, sexual, and economic victimization experiences of women with her most recent attention given to developing a Violence Against Women Research Consortium, funded by the National Institute of Justice (2016-MU-CX-K011). She has given many local, national, and international presentations on the impact of policies and interventions for survivors of violence. Her work is strongly influenced from her 20 years as a practitioner and administrator.
“I am thrilled to learn of Match Group's creation of an Advisory Council specifically to address issues of sexual assault and harassment and am honored to have the chance to serve. Match Group houses multiple dating platforms and now more than ever, attention to harassment and abuse is crucial. I applaud Match Group for their efforts to keep their consumers physically, sexually, and emotionally safe. As a global leader in dating, Match Group has for years provided opportunities for individuals to connect online. Now, by being a leader in the increased attention being given to sexual harassment and sexual violence, Match Group will become another leader in the movement to keep online spaces safe. I look forward to working closely with Mandy Ginsburg and her team along with my fellow Advisory Council members.”