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

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Cultural Values

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.

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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 individual 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.

Alyssa Quaranta & Edith Alvarez Figueroa

Alyssa has consistently demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to her work. She played a vital role in developing our International Training & Selection Course (ITSC), creating engaging, informative, and practical materials. Her attention to detail and ability to anticipate the needs of candidates has resulted in consistently high satisfaction levels from participants and peers. In addition to her work on training, Alyssa has also stepped into the arena to take on the task of writing and updating many of Team Rubicon International policies. She has done it with a clear understanding of our section's long-term goals and a focus on fairness and inclusivity. Her efforts have helped to ensure that our SOPs are clear, concise, and in compliance with relevant regulations. Finally, she has proven to be a rock-star project manager, consistently delivering projects on time and within budget. She can organize and coordinate high-maintenance team members (including me), ensuring that shit gets done efficiently and effectively.

Edith truly stepped into multiple arenas this past quarter. She first stepped in by leading the reconnaissance mission in Puerto Rico with Vic Rodriguez. After several days on the ground, speaking with local homeowners and organizations, Edith stepped into the next arena and kicked off Operation Borinquen Calls as the the Liaison Officer. Edith leveraged the years of hard work the North Branch has put into building local teams and they leveraged the strong local leadership in Puerto Rico to gain access to the most vulnerable communities and to build trust with the residents. This badass Greyshirt was on the ground for more than two months combined. She successfully balanced a personal connection to the community and the mission with the right amount of GSD attitude. On top of all this, this Greyshirt remained cool, calm, and collected – exercising good judgment in the face of personal and professional exhaustion and executed a truly impactful mission.

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