CEO, Thread

Ian Rosenberger founded WORK & Thread in 2012 in the wake of the Haiti earthquake. WORK places the poor into jobs. Thread (under B2B brand “First Mile”) takes trash from low-income communities and transforms it into consumer goods for global brands trying to find value in authenticity, transparency, and responsibility. Ian is an expert in landfill community assessment, sourcing strategy, understanding how to translate impact into economic value, and leveraging impact in storytelling. He is a 2015 Barclay’s Unreasonable Impact Fellow and currently sits on the Ocean Conservancy’s Technical Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Plastic Waste. He is an ultra-marathoner, and in February 2015 founded the first Run Across Haiti, which has raised nearly $1,000,000 to date for WORK’s programming. He is a brand new dad and believes that ending poverty and the plastic crisis are all but certain by the time he and his wife Raashi have grandchildren.