Jake Wood, who served in the Marine Corps from 2005 to 2009, co-founded Team Rubicon, an organization which empowers veterans to rapidly deploy to crisis situations around the globe.
When Marine Jake Wood cofound Team Rubicon in response to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he began a mission of engaging veterans and providing critical humanitarian aid in areas impacted by natural disasters.
Since then, Team Rubicon has grown from an eight-person team to a global disaster relief organization made up of 35,000 veteran volunteers. The cofounders say the training they received in the USMC prepared them to win battles others say cannot be won, and that training continues to help them achieve success today.
“The Marine Corps taught me many things, but one of the most important things it taught me was how to overcome seemingly impossible odds."
- Jake Wood
Jake Wood admits that when he and his team set out to start Team Rubicon, they didn't know the first thing about running a business. In the beginning, they didn't have experience being entrepreneurs, raising money or building systems.
"We were humble enough to acknowledge our gaps and address them, and hungry enough to not let anything get in the way of success," Wood continued. "I truly think that anything is possible with a lot of passion and enthusiasm.”
With his continued service through Team Rubicon, Jake Wood exemplifies the commitment to communities after service that defines the legacies of so many Marine Veterans.