Jake Wood is a co-founder and the president of Team Rubicon, a disaster relief nonprofit known for its extraordinary efforts during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Jake Wood served in the United States Marine Corps for four years, deployed in 2007 to Iraq as a fire team leader and in 2008 to Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper. When he returned to the U.S. he became a vocal advocate for veterans' rights. In 2010, along with former Marine William McNulty, he founded Team Rubicon in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Team Rubicon brings together the expertise of military veterans and medical professionals to bring immediate emergency relief to areas of the world suffering from humanitarian disasters. Since the organization was founded, Wood and his team have participated in seven other campaigns around the world -- including South Sudan, Burma and Pakistan -- and six in the U.S., most recently in New York City during Hurricane Sandy.
“You send [veterans] to Joplin after a tornado, and somebody once again is walking up to [them] and shaking their hand and thanking them for their service.”
“[Disaster response] can give that purpose and that community and that self-worth back to the veteran.”