Team Rubicon requires individuals foolish enough to think they can change the world, and smart enough to have a chance.



The fierce commitment to the bigger picture I’ve experienced firsthand at Team Rubicon has inspired me, and solidified my pursuit of a career of service that extends far beyond myself.

- Amy Smerdel, Intern



The work we do in the field has the unique ability to bring people together, whom, prior to arriving, never imagined they’d leave with countless new friends. All willing to drop anything to help out.

- Jerome Deniz, Training



I wake up every day proud to work for an organization that lives by its values.

- Andrew Glenn, Training

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The Story of Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon is BUILT TO SERVE. What are you built for?

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Cultural Principles

Culture is king.

  • Mission First, Greyshirts Always.

    • Anyone joining Team Rubicon must understand that our mission to provide disaster response comes first. But it is our volunteer members (who wear our signature ‘grey shirts’ on response operations) who make that mission possible. Our leaders serve our members, and in doing so enable our members to serve their communities.

  • Step Into the Arena.

    • Team Rubicon needs leaders who aren’t afraid to dare to be great. We’re not interested in those who stand outside the arena lobbing in criticism; we look for the bold soul who despite the threat of failure, steps inside to pursue greatness.

  • Everyone Has a Role. Know It.

    • We can’t all be good at everything. As leaders, we must work to define roles and maximize the contribution of our teammates. As teammates, we aspire to work in harmony toward achieving a higher goal than any one of us could accomplish on our own.

  • Get Shit Done.

    • This is our attitude. It has been since the beginning. Team Rubicon was born with the belief that if we only look at obstacles, if we only listen to and make excuses, then success will not be ours. We are entrepreneurial, resourceful and determined no matter how chaotic the situation.

  • Change Your Socks.

    • Like military service, committing to becoming the best disaster response organization in the world can be mentally, physically and emotionally grueling. We should take care of ourselves and each other so we are best equipped to serve those in greatest need. Many of our employee benefits are designed to promote wellness and we encourage staff to take advantage of them.

  • Adults Only.

    • At Team Rubicon, we strictly forbid dueling, but we don’t forbid much else. We strive to treat team members like adults. Want a beer after a long day? Just be smart. Need a few days off? Cool, just let us know. As long as we act like adults, we’ll be treated like adults.

  • Your Mother’s a Donor.

    • We shouldn’t be afraid to spend money—that will only throttle growth. But, we must be prepared to defend every dollar we spend. Think of it this way—imagine your mother donated that dollar. Would you spend it? Every leader must be committed to fiduciary responsibility, transparency and financial stewardship.

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Lesson One: Culture is King

Culture is king, and we see it as the intersection of our ethos and our action.

Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces in 2018.


As a direct result of the culture of Trust and Respect that Team Rubicon has honed for the past eight years, we are proud to announce that TR is being recognized on a global stage.

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The Teddy

In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt stood before a crowd and dared men and women to use their courage, skill, and tenacity to accomplish great things. To step into the arena. When you join Team Rubicon, you are expected to be that man or woman in the arena. Each quarter, we present the Teddy Award to one exceptional Team Rubicon employee who stepped into the arena and tackled an audacious task.

Jessica Gutierrez

It is impossible to think about Rebuild and the Clay Hunt Fellowship without thinking about Jessica Gutierrez. Jess has been instrumental in the establishment, development, sustainment, and improvement of Team Rubicon’s Rebuild program. She literally built the warehouse from the ground up – and there are pictures to prove it! Jess has inspired countless leaders in this organization, both volunteer and staff alike. For the first 2 years of Rebuild, as volunteers came and went on a weekly basis – Jess touched hundreds, if not thousands of lives. She is open, vulnerable, and brave and encourages others to embrace the same in themselves. She continues to give back to the CHFP and CHFP alumni and current fellows by guiding individuals through conversations in YouSchool and helping individuals navigate difficult situations and emotions. But it’s not all vulnerability and power of the spoken word….standing at about 5 foot nothing, Jess packs the meanest punch you could imagine. Luckily for us, she puts all that force into good. On an operation in Louisiana, Jess was tarping a roof when all of a sudden, the mission changed, and she was back on the ground helping to apply a tourniquet to a man whose life was on the line. That day, Jess saved a life. She has played a huge role in saving countless others, including her own. And even though she doesn’t like to be in front of a camera, she has been shoved into the spotlight for countless interviews, documentaries, and more – and every time she is open, honest, and articulate: sharing her story with the world in the hopes that maybe, somewhere, it will make a difference to someone. This quarter, Jess continues to kick ass in the field, bringing a level of enthusiasm, compassion, and badassery to each house she works on and inspires each team she leads in the field. She’s layin’ down floors, slappin’ mud on walls, and sanding down imperfections in oppressive heat that would put the rest of us on our asses. Like Teddy led the first US Volunteer Cavalry, the Rough Riders, Jess continues to lead all of us in service, compassion, and grit. Way to go, Jess!

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