John F. Clark is president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization on the forefront of child protection for more than 35 years.
Since 1984, NCMEC has helped law enforcement recover more than 284,000 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, 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 21 years, NCMEC has operated the CyberTipline, a centralized mechanism for reporting child sexual exploitation. During his three-year tenure at NCMEC, Clark has seen an exponential rise in these reports, with more than 18.4 million reports made to the CyberTipline in 2018 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.