Mark works with iEmpathize managing the Apathy Effect Exhibit. Mark experienced a personal life transformation at the age of 23. He was a high school dropout and was leading a destructive and exploitive lifestyle. In 1997, 4 years later, Mark graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in communications while performing as a freelance musician. Mark has extensive non-profit experience working on college campuses in 5 different countries for 11 years mentoring students and developing leaders. Recognizing the great need to better address the increasing suffering and injustice in the world, Brende turned his attention, time, and resources to be a catalyst for culture to engage. Mark and his wife Jennifer have four children, Samuel, Benjamin, Abbey and Ethan.
Our organization began through the passion and journey of our founder, Brad Riley, and a small group of his close friends. Brad’s experience with people and communities struggling with vulnerability began in the early 1990s working with urban youth. In the mid 2000’s, he partnered with several anti-trafﬁcking projects in SE Asia to launch prevention programs and aftercare efforts. After visiting those projects and encountering child survivors of sexual exploitation, Brad returned to the United States committed to rallying others to join him in efforts to eradicate child exploitation at home and internationally. In 2009, he and a group of passionate people devoted their ideas, expertise, influence, time, services, artistry, and money to establish iEmpathize, an organization committed to combatting crimes against children. We prioritize prevention and our programs empower youth and adults with empathy and action.
With that culture of collaboration and empathy as our foundation, we move our mission forward with a host of creative partners, passionate team members and volunteers, and strategic partnerships. We invite you to join us. Be a part of the movement of empathy to transform the lives of vulnerable and victimized children.
Empathy = Ending It
~The iEmpathize Team