Operation Underground Railroad announces new leadership after Tim Ballard ouster

Tim Ballard speaks with attendees at the 2023 Turning Point Action Conference at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, July 16, 2023 | Adapted photo by Gage Skidmore, via CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — Operation Underground Railroad on Tuesday announced a new six-member board of directors in the latest restructuring of the anti-trafficking nonprofit following a series of allegations of sexual misconduct by founder and former CEO Tim Ballard.

The new board consists of members with nonprofit, entrepreneurial and law enforcement experience, including one longtime friend of Ballard — who was ousted from the organization he founded following an independent investigation last year.

Ballard and Operation Underground Railroad have since been sued by multiple plaintiffs who allege he engaged in sexual misconduct and the board failed to protect them. Ballard has denied the allegations and Operation Underground Railroad has argued in court filings that one of the plaintiffs never reported the alleged misconduct to the company.

Entrepreneur and tech executive Sean Vassilaros was announced as the new chairman of Operation Underground Railroad. Vassilaros co-founded Thread, a biotech research platform, and Kanny, a human resources tech company. He also serves as the chairman of the Hailey Mayz Foundation, a nonprofit providing physical, speech and occupational therapies for special needs children.

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