The Prevention Now Team

Our vision is to end human trafficking by stopping it before it starts.

The Co-Founders

After a combined 45 years in local, national and international law enforcement, Mark and Kristen decided they wanted to prevent crimes instead of reacting to them. Through their common passion for justice and recognition that human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, Mark and Kristen founded Prevention Now. Leveraging their unique backgrounds and vast networks they’ve established a vision where data and collaborative partnerships can be strategically used to stop trafficking before it starts.

Prevention Now Kristen Harris

CEO, Co-Founder Board President

Kristen J. Harris

Kristen has rich experience, ranging from investigative analytical work at the FBI, to strategic portfolio management at the anti-human trafficking non-profit International Justice Mission. After building a career reacting to crime, she’s passionate about pursuing innovative, data-driven solutions to stop human trafficking before it starts.

Prevention Now Mark Clookie

Co-Founder, Board Director

Mark D. Clookie

As the former Director of NCIS, Mark has nearly 40 years of law enforcement experience, in addition to serving as the V.P. of Global Investigations at anti-human trafficking non-profit International Justice Mission. Mark brings a wealth of wisdom, experience and a heart for preventing future trafficking victims to the mission.

Board Members


Board Secretary

Hailie Wright

Hailie brings a wealth of knowledge in administration, project and program management from her experience as a Strategy and Operations Lead at the global nonprofit, International Justice Mission. Her strengths are building and executing complex initiatives and leading within a multidisciplinary team. Hailie is passionate about the fight to end human trafficking which has led to her join the cutting-edge work of Prevention Now.

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Board Director

Kurt Heckman

Kurt has 25 years of experience founding and leading start-ups in aerospace engineering, cyber-security and math, to include companies like Sycamore and vCalc. Kurt also served in the Office of the Secretary in the US Dept. of Energy managing 21 external advisory boards covering missions of energy, nuclear security and science. Kurt is excited to combine his experience in technology and passion for humanity in the critical mission to prevent human trafficking.

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Board Director

Stephen Cushman

Stephen has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector living and working both internationally and in the United States. For the past decade, he has been serving with International Justice Mission in the fight to end human trafficking and exploitation. His desire to not just fight human trafficking, but to stop it from ever happening in the first place which inspired him to join the work that Prevention Now is pioneering.

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Board Chair

Claire Wilkinson

Claire has over 25 years experience fighting for justice and combating human rights violations, first as a prosecutor with the Scottish Prosecution Service, then through international nonprofit organizations in East Africa. Claire currently serves as IJM’s VP of Strategic Partnerships of Africa and Europe. Claire has significant experience leading multi-disciplinary teams, building collaborative partnerships with governments and communities, as well as designing and implementing community-based programs.

Michelle Conn

Board Director

Michelle Conn

Michelle has more than 30 years of nonprofit fundraising expertise and a passion for using her skills to help nonprofits grow. Michelle currently serves as a Director of Strategic Partnerships for International Justice Mission where she supported IJM’s growth from $450,000 in 1998 to almost $70 million in 2019. She previously worked at United Ways and has consulted with many organizations over the years.