Rubicon Leadership

Nate Morris

Founder, Chairman, and CEO

Nate Morris is Rubicon Global’s Founder, Chairman, and CEO. Rubicon is a technology company that powers a digital marketplace, provides a suite of SaaS products for waste, recycling, and smart city solutions, and collects and analyzes data for businesses and governments worldwide. Using technology to drive environmental innovation, it helps turn businesses into more sustainable enterprises, and neighborhoods into greener and smarter places to live and work. Rubicon’s mission is to end waste, in all of its forms, by helping its partners find economic value in their waste streams and confidently execute on their sustainability goals.

Under Morris’s leadership, Rubicon has become a catalyst for groundbreaking change across the waste and recycling industry, expanding operations to five continents and 20 countries. Rubicon has been recognized as “One of the World’s Most Innovative Companies” by Fast Company and as an Industry Disruptor by Inc. Magazine.

Building a different kind of technology company outside of Silicon Valley, Morris created Rubicon not only to transform the waste and recycling industry, but to use the free market to bring positive change to the world. An early adopter and supporter of Benefit Corporations, Rubicon has twice been recognized as a “Best of the World” Certified B Corporation in the reporting categories of the environment and governance.

Morris has been named to Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, an Outstanding Young American by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, and a 2018 Most Admired CEO by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Morris is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

In 2019, Morris was inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, becoming the youngest person ever to receive this honor.

A signatory of the Founders Pledge, Morris created the Morris Foundation to improve the lives of Kentucky’s working families. Over the years, he has been a benefactor to the University of Kentucky, and he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Gatton College of Business and Economics where he is the Entrepreneur in Residence.

Morris has been profiled in numerous national news and academic publications including The New York TimesForbesFortuneVanity Fair, and The Wall Street Journal, and he was the protagonist of a Harvard Business School case study.

A product of Kentucky public schools, Morris attended George Washington University as a Scottish Rite Scholar and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, before enrolling at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, at which he was named a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

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