Ian founded both Team Tassy & Thread in 2010 in the wake of the Haiti earthquake. Team Tassy places the poor into jobs. Thread takes trash from poor neighborhoods & turns it into fabric. They sell the fabric to apparel and accessories brands trying to get more authentic, transparent, and responsible. Both organizations work together under the same core philosophy: the biggest problem we face as a species is multidimensional poverty; ending it is entirely possible in our lifetime. To do it, we need to invest in the poor to create as many dignified, sustainable jobs as possible.
To date, Team Tassy has engaged almost 300 Haitians, preparing them and their families for employment. Thread has shipped nearly 2,000,000 lbs of recycled plastic out of Haiti and Honduras and supports a network of 4,500 income opportunities.
Ian is a 2013 Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership Awardee as well as a 2013 Dignity and Respect Champion. He has spoken about Thread and Team Tassy’s work with the poor for TEDx and One Young World and his work has been featured in Fast Company, The Atlantic, The Guardian, CNN, and the Huffington Post. In 2005 he placed 3rd on CBS: Survivor. He is an ultramarathoner, and in Feb 2015 ran 230 miles across Haiti in an effort to raise over $85,000 for Team Tassy.