John F. Clark

former Director,
United States Marshals Service

John Clark recently retired after a long and distinguished 42-year career serving honorably in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

John began his career in the public sector serving briefly in the U.S. Border Patrol, the U.S. Capitol Police and then more extensively he worked for the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) for more than 28 years. John served in many top leadership positions within the USMS to include being appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Presidentially appointed United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Virgina. President Bush later honored John with a second appointment as the ninth Director of the U.S. Marshals Service, whereby John became the first career Deputy U.S. Marshal to attain the agency’s top executive position.

After retirement from the USMS, John began his private sector career as the Director of Security Operations for the Information Systems and Global Solutions business sector of the nation’s largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin Corporation. In that capacity, John was responsible for the oversight of all aspects of corporate security in many of Lockheed Martin’s domestic and global operations centers.

John finished his lengthy career in the nonprofit sector having retired in April 2022, as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). In his capacity as CEO, John was the chief child safety advocate for NCMEC, and as such, helped shape public policy and encourage community action to help ensure every child has a safe childhood. John has testified before Congress, the European Commission, and EUROPOL as a subject matter expert regarding the global problem of child exploitation. In addition, John was credited with growing the organization to over 400 employees and an annual revenue base of more than 60 million dollars, all of which was focused on finding missing children and stopping child exploitation.

More recently, John and his wife became owners/operators of Harvest of Hope Farm, LLC in Culpeper, Virginia where they grow produce in large quantities, 100% of which is donated to regional food banks. John’s roots as the son of a dairy farmer brought his career life full circle where he now, once again, enjoys the agrarian lifestyle.

John earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University.

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