Jason Gardner is the founder and chief executive officer of Marqeta, Inc. Under his leadership Marqeta has defined the global standard for modern card issuing, developing an industry-leading issuer processor platform that now powers the world’s most innovative companies.
Prior to Marqeta, Jason 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. He was a G.O. at Club Med in Paradise Island, Bahamas and a constituent liaison for Senator John McCain in Arizona, primarily working as a contact between McCain’s constituents and the Armed Services and IRS. After attending Arizona State University, Jason made it to California where he began to pursue his passion for technology. Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the Arizona State University.