Currently Jake serves as CEO of Team Rubicon, the non-profit organization he co-founded in 2010 following the massive earthquake in Haiti. Team Rubicon is a Veteran Service Organization that provides military veterans with Purpose, Community and Self-Worth through volunteer service by using their unique skills for disaster response, humanitarian crisis intervention, and community service. As CEO, Jake is focusing on establishing Team Rubicon’s organizational vision in order to direct sustainability and scalability. Jake is also the co-founder of POS REP, a mobile, proximity based social network designed exclusively for the active duty military and veteran community. POS REP is the first niche social network of its kind. As a leading veteran advocate, Jake speaks around the country at conferences, universities and companies on issues such as veteran reintegration, social entrepreneurship, leadership and service.
Prior to Team Rubicon, Jake served four years in the United States Marine Corps. Jake graduated at the top of his class at Boot Camp, the School of Infantry, and the Marine Scout Sniper School. During his service Jake deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and earned numerous commendations, including the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor distinguishing device. Jake left the Marine Corps a sergeant.
Jake holds a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin with a double major in Business and Political Science. He played football for the Badgers for all four years on a full athletic scholarship, and was twice selected to the Academic All-Big Ten football team. Jake’s awards include the University of Wisconsin “Forward Under Forty” award; the Big Ten Conference’s “Live Big” award; GQ Magazine’s “Better Men, Better World” award; and in 2012 Jake was named a CNN Hero. He currently splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City with his lovely wife.
Take Command will be Jake’s first published book.
About Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon (TR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2010. TR’s mission is to recruit, organize, train and deploy military veterans for service in disasters. Since 2010 Team Rubicon has responded to over 50 missions worldwide and here in the United States, ranging from the Haiti earthquake to Hurricane Sandy, and Typhoon Haiyan to the Joplin tornado. Military veterans are able to regain a sense of purpose, community and identity through this service, all while using the skills they learned for war to help their fellow man.
If you would like to support Team Rubicon you can make a tax-deductible donation at this link.
About POS REP
Following the tragic suicide of his dear friend, and former sniper partner, Clay Hunt, Jake decided to tackle the staggering problem of veteran suicide and mental health by launching a technology company. Together with partners Anthony Allman and William McNulty, the team designed, developed and launched the world’s first mobile, proximity based social network for military veterans, called POS REP (military jargon for Position Report). Now any veteran can discover the unseen support network around him or her from the palm of their hand.