Ron Gonen

Partner, Linhardt Design

Ron is the Founder and former CEO of RecycleBank. During his tenure as CEO, RecycleBank grew from an idea to a company that today is rewarding millions of people for their positive green actions across North America and the UK. While CEO, RecycleBank was recognized by a number of leading business and environmental organizations including being recognized as a  Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum,  a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme  and as one of the Top 10 Venture Backed Clean Tech Companies.

Prior to RecycleBank, Ron was at Deloitte Consulting where he developed CRM and strategic account management programs. Ron was a co-recipient of Deloitte Consulting’s National Impact Award for helping to develop a consulting unit that provides pro bono consulting services to non-profit and charitable organizations.


Ron is a recipient of the University Medal of Excellence from Columbia University which is awarded annually to alumnus under the age of 45 for outstanding achievement in scholarship, public service and professional life. Ron is currently a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute.


Ron is a member of the expert faculty at the Leadership for Social Change program at the NYU Stern School of Business.

Ron received a BA in History from UMass-Amherst where he graduated with Departmental Honors and was a Massachusetts Commonwealth Scholar. He received an MBA from Columbia Business School where he was a Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship award winner.