Founder and CEO
Jason Gardner is the founder and chief executive officer of Marqeta, Inc. Under his leadership, Marqeta 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, Jason founded Vertical Think, an IT management company that worked with startups and larger organizations.
I founded Marqeta to democratize innovation by enabling any company — a brand new startup or the most established enterprise — to build on the shoulders of our modern card issuing platform without worrying about the complexity of payments infrastructure.
Jason grew up in New Jersey where he had numerous businesses, including making and selling tie-dyed T-shirts. He was a G.O. at Club Med in Paradise Island, The 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 graduating Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, Jason moved to California to pursue his passion for technology.