Brooke Istook


VP of Youth and Communities

Brooke is Vice President of Youth & Communities at Thorn, a tech non-profit dedicated to developing technology to defend children from sexual abuse. She leads Thorn’s work focused on preventing internet-enabled abuse by building tools to educate and empower children and families to navigate the digital world safely. Brooke joined Thorn in 2014 to build and launch its first software product Spotlight, a human trafficking investigations tool that is now used by officers across the US and Canada and has been used to identify over 17,000 trafficking victims over the last 5 years. In 2019 Brooke led the launch of Thorn’s youth-centered research and digital programs to combat the growth of online grooming and other digital harms with a goal to empower youth and their support systems with knowledge and tools to fight online child sexual abuse. With multiple viral videos, Thorn’s NoFiltr program for youth and online resource for parents have presented educational and prevention messaging to youth and parents on social media over 300M times with over 170M video views across TikTok, Instagram, Snap, and YouTube. Prior to joining Thorn, Brooke spent over 12 years in business consulting, human resources and program management for global tech consulting companies Accenture and Cognizant, supporting Fortune 500 clients in telecommunications and entertainment.