Friends and colleagues,
As many of you know, I come from a military family. My grandfathers both served in World War II. My father was a Green Beret. And I proudly served our country for eight years as a Marine and in the Intelligence Community.
What anyone who has ever served in the military knows is this: even though your time in uniform may end, that desire to help others, to serve others, never leaves you. It was that desire to serve that inspired me, in the wake of a devastating earthquake in Haiti, to cofound Team Rubicon (TR) in 2010, and to expand our mission by founding Team Rubicon Global (TRG) a few years later. Together, and thanks in large part to the expertise and dedication of hundreds of former service men and women, other similarly passionate volunteers and an unparalleled staff, we have truly made a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of people enduring tremendous hardship – both here in the United States and around the world.
After almost eight years of working shoulder to shoulder with the bravest and the brightest in some of the most dangerous and distressed areas on the globe in service to others, I’m happy to report that the Team Rubicon brand, the quality and breadth of our work, and the dedication of our people has never been stronger. The organization we have built together stands today as a best-in-class international disaster response organization.
If there was ever a time for me to take a pause and identify the next challenge I can help solve, now is the time. Which is why I recently informed our board of my plans to step away from my day-to-day role as CEO of Team Rubicon Global. It’s time for a new chief executive to manage the continued growth and execution of our strategic plan. Please watch this video regarding my announcement.
I’m going to work to ensure a smooth transition over the next 120 days and work hand-in-hand with the new CEO. I’m also honored that the Board will confer upon me the title of Founder Emeritus of Team Rubicon Global to continue counseling the team moving forward. And, of course, I will continue to serve on the boards of TRG and the various TR country units.
I am at heart a social entrepreneur, one that is driven by the difference we can make through identifying problems and discovering solutions that improve lives and better the communities in which we serve. My transition from the role of CEO will allow me to further devote myself to creating that kind of positive change.
In the immediate term, I am writing a book focused on my insights in building a global disaster response organization. My goal is to pass on to the next generation of global change-makers my lessons learned from founding and growing Team Rubicon around the world.
I will transition from my role as CEO of Team Rubicon Global knowing that the future is bright for our groundbreaking organization. And together, with our entire network and community of veteran volunteers, we have the opportunity to solidify Team Rubicon’s legacy as the greatest innovation in disaster response since the founding of the Red Cross in 1879, and the greatest innovation in veteran reintegration since the founding of the legion system following World War I.
I look forward to the next chapter of the Team Rubicon story, and I am forever grateful for your support, friendship and counsel.
Yours in service,
Founder and CEO, Team Rubicon Global