Jason Gardner is the founder, chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Marqeta, Inc. Under his leadership, Marqeta’s mission is to become the global standard for modern card issuing, empowering some of the world’s most innovative companies to bring game-changing payment card products into the world. In 2020, Jason was named an E&Y Entrepreneur Of The Year and one of the Most Admired CEOs by the San Francisco Business Times. Marqeta has been named one of Forbes’ Fintech 50 and on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list. Marqeta is Jason’s third company. He co-founded PropertyBridge, which became the leading rent and lease-related payment and transaction integration platform for multifamily real estate. PropertyBridge was acquired by MoneyGram International (MGI) in 2007. Before PropertyBridge, he founded Vertical Think, an IT management company that worked with start-ups and larger organizations. Jason grew up in New Jersey, where he had numerous businesses that included making and selling tie-dyed T-shirts. After college and a stint with Senator John McCain’s office, Jason made it to California, where he began to pursue his passion for technology. Jason earned a Political Science degree from Arizona State University.