Justin is our CEO and founder. He helps us find new places to go and helps us get there. He was a professional songwriter/performing musician for most of his life, which means he liked to make things that have never been made before and share them with others. His favorite thing in the world is to see people taking the things he made and making them their own. So to Justin, being a songwriter/performer and a CEO requires pretty much the same muscle groups.
In 2008, Justin made his directorial debut in the film, "CALL+RESPONSE," which revealed the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. The "rockumentary" was one of the top documentaries of the year and combined commentary by social luminaries, such as Cornell West and Nicholas Kristoff with musical performances by artists such as Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, and Matisyahu. The film has been seen by over 400,000 people in public venues and has raised over $250,000 for front-line groups helping to free slaves and rehabilitate victims.
In 2011, Justin founded the non-profit organization Slavery Footprint. Partnering with the U.S. State Department, they launched, a multiple-award-winning website that asks the question, "How Many Slaves Work For You?" The website, and associated mobile app, allows consumers to visualize how their consumption habits are connected to modern-day slavery and provides them with an opportunity to have a conversation with the companies that manufacture the goods they purchase.
In December 2011, Slavery Footprint was the recipient of a first-of-its-kind grant by Google.org, which funded the creation of a $1.8 million unified initiative to implement aggressive, metrics-oriented programs to fight modern-day slavery in the United States and abroad. On the back of the great success of Slavery Footprint, Justin went on to found Made In A Free World and serves today as its CEO.
Justin has appeared on and been covered by CNN, Katie Couric, Dr. Phil, MSNBC, New York Times, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Ad Week, CBS, Fox, NPR, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Fast Company and others. He has spoken at the White House, UN, Clinton Global Initiative, Global Philanthropy Forum, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and many other venues. He has also served on advisory groups for the UN, State Department, and White House.
Ben Hafner oversees our FRDM® software tool. You can walk up to him on the street and ask about trade flows in central Asia or the likelihood of forced labor in an industrial refrigerator.
He has a background in on-site fair labor audits for the precious metal, apparel and diamond reclamation industries. He helped develop an audit protocol to fulfill the SEC reporting requirements of Dodd-Frank Section 1502 on Conflict Minerals. He is a certified ISO 9001 Lead-Auditor and SAI-SA8000® Social Auditor.
You don't want to mess with Ben.
Think of Kyle as a giant mega-phone for freedom. He heads up all our campaigns and field projects. He has been working in the social change field for 8+ years, holds an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University, and has managed field programs in 12 countries.
He served in senior management positions at both MTV EXIT (End Exploitation & Trafficking) and Walk Free, designing and implementing anti-slavery campaigns to change the attitudes, laws, and systems that allow this crime to exist. Kyle helps all of our partners create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. He is basically a social justice alchemist.
Sidd is our Full Stack Developer, which basically means he is the wizard behind the curtain. He has a Masters in computer science and several years of experience developing stand-alone software and web applications for multiple database platforms.
He loves analyzing data processing problems and creating custom applications to fix them. If you need a recommendation for a place to eat in San Francisco, ask Sidd. Like we said, he is a wizard.
Karyn pretty much runs our ship and keeps us moving across unknown seas. She handles all daily operations and is responsible for evaluating and improving the organization's systems and processes.
After graduating from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in economics and international relations, Karyn joined the Japanese government's Japan Exchange and Teaching Program and moved to Japan to teach at a public elementary school and lead prefectural and national program trainings. Upon returning to California, she joined for-purpose organizations such as the Oracle Educational Foundation and Room to Read. In her free time, Karyn teaches yoga to at-risk youth, rock climbs, and plays the Koto (Japanese Harp). Yeah, we are pretty impressed too.
Adeline is the engine mechanic behind our FRDM® software. She gathers millions of lines of data, and spins them into the world’s largest forced and child labor database. It takes a lot of elbow grease to change the world.
She has a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University and worked with the International Labor Rights Forum for over three years. Adeline is an expert in high-risk commodity supply chains such as cotton, cocoa, rubber, tobacco, tea, and others. She’s drafted several publications on commodities that have been used by the Department of Labor. On the weekends, you might find Adeline 100 miles from civilization cycling down a California road. If you like cycling, and have a weak ego, don’t follow her on Strava.
Ms. Sands has worked for over ten years in Human Resources, Sales Operations and Sales in Bay Area technology companies. For over six years she served on the board of Sunset Youth Services, an organization dedicated to positively transforming the lives of San Francisco's at-risk youth. As the board's chief fundraiser, she helped to establish the organization's centerpiece fundraising event, "Sunset by the Bay", an annual gala held at the Bently Reserve which continues to drive the majority of individual donations for the year.
Her passion and involvement in the anti-slavery movement began during the making of the film "Call + Response" in 2008. She connected funders to the project and helped publicize the film in San Francisco and Marin. In 2010, Ms. Sands began building the board of directors and has played an active role in the organization's operations.
She graduated with honors from Silliman University in the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Ms. Greer is a trial and appellate partner in the law firm of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, LLP. Her practice emphasizes intellectual property, unfair competition, false advertising, and complex breach of contract and business tort cases, often in the dynamic and highly volatile field of entertainment litigation. She also enjoys regularly doing pro bono work, through the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights or from other sources.
Ms. Greer is a Kentucky Colonel, an honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation. Julie is a member of the California State Bar, Bar Association of San Francisco, the Recording Academy and the Americana Music Association. Prior to joining the firm, she served as clerk for Judge Samuel Conti of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She has also served as a volunteer with the Hopi Appellate Project.
Ms. Greer graduated magna cum laude from Western Kentucky University with a bachelors degree in Performing Arts in 1987. After a short stint acting, and working as a singer in rock bands in Los Angeles, she worked for a time fundraising for the California League of Conservation Voters, an environmental group. She went on to earn her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1998. While at Boalt Hall, she was comments editor for the Berkeley Women's Law Journal, a member of the California Law Review, and received the Joanie Caucus Foundation Award.
Victoria is a pediatrician at Stanford University Medical Center with a particular focus of research in global health. She received her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and returned to Stanford to complete her residency in pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She now works as a post-doctoral research fellow and clinical instructor of pediatric hospital medicine at Stanford Children's. In addition to her work as a physician, Dr. Ward has done extensive work on the development and implementation of high impact interventions for poor health and poverty around the world.
Prior to beginning her career in medicine, she held a research position at Immtech International, a publicly held biotechnology company engaged in pharmaceutical development for the developing world. She later helped to launch the The Raikes Family Foundation, a large Seattle-based foundation investing in children's health and education issues. Her fieldwork took her to central Africa and Latin America where she sought to understand the issues faced by particularly vulnerable populations and their most effective solutions. Based on this work, she earned a Rainer Arnhold Fellowship to develop a transferable health education curriculum for marginalized children in Kenya.
Dr. Ward's primary passion in her global health work has been focused on developing effective solutions for human trafficking and forced labor. She served as Program Director for Call + Response where she worked to develop and fund high impact projects to rescue and care for trafficking victims. She continues to work closely with the Made in a Free World team in the creation and implementation of the Slavery Footprint and FRDM tools. She teaches medical students and residents about human trafficking, and provides training and education for students to create lasting global social change.
Rajiv Malik was born and raised in India. He has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and an MBA from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. For over twenty years he has been in leadership roles managing various aspects of apparel supply chains at retailers such as Gap Inc., Sears Holding, and Express. Most recently, he was based in New Delhi, India, where he led the South Asia sourcing operations for Gap Inc.'s brands in the region. In this role, he addressed several high profile social compliance issues and has extensive experience working with factories and suppliers across the globe. Currently, he lives in Marin County, California and manages his own supply chain consulting practice.
Tim Minahan is a game-changing technology executive with proven success creating new markets, driving visionary Cloud transformation, growing platform businesses, and leading high-performing teams to unprecedented success. Most recently, as CMO of SAP Cloud, he directed all aspects of global marketing for a $2 billion+ annualized subscription software business. Previously, as SVP Strategy for the Ariba Network, he drove the strategy and go-to-market team for what has become the world's largest and most global business commerce network, with nearly 2 million companies from 190 countries collaborating on nearly $1 trillion in digital commerce. Prior to Ariba, Tim held senior leadership roles at Cloud startups, led research and services at a leading analyst firm, and advised Global 2000 and top-tier technology executives on supply chain and technology issues. He remains one of the sector's most-recognized experts and is a sought-after speaker at industry events and a published author.
Many thanks to the following for their donated staff photographs:
Rainer Hosch - PHOTOGRAPHER | Jared Clatworthy - PHOTO ASSISTANT | Hang Nguyen - GROOMER