CLAY HUNT (1982-2011)


Clay Hunt was a Marine veteran and one of the original Team Rubicon members who responded to the disaster caused by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. A close friend of Team Rubicon cofounder Jake Wood, Clay always strived to serve those who needed help, despite his ongoing inner struggle with PTS. Ultimately, Clay took his own life in 2011.

To honor his legacy of service and to provide other veterans with what Clay did not have, Team Rubicon founded the Clay Hunt Fellows Program to support and lead Greyshirt veterans toward the accomplishment of their professional and personal goals.

Hear his story



The Clay Hunt Fellows Program is a six-month, paid cohort designed to equip veterans with tools to help redefine and refine their purpose and identity, as they transition into civilian life.

What sets CHFP apart?

Veteran Focused

This fellowship is designed to hone the leadership skills of those who've served in the military, as they rejoin civilian life. From the ones who have made a recent exit from service to those who served long ago, the Clay Hunt Fellows Program is for all veteran Greyshirts, regardless of completed education level, employment circumstance, or background.

Core Values

Commitment to growth, moral integrity, and servant leadership are the three core values for our Fellows and the program. Fellows must have a willingness to be vulnerable, embrace a growth mindset, and be stewards of Clay’s legacy by inspiring and supporting others while serving the broader community.

Base Camp Curriculum

During the program, Fellows will be guided through a series of programs and assessments which foster opportunities for them to challenge and explore who they are, and who they want to become -in addition to finding their true purpose.This is done through a weekly series of independent and group exercises to promote strengths discovery and self-awareness exploration.
Upon completion, Fellows will be equipped to better lead in their communities and within Team Rubicon.


During and after the fellowship, veterans will grow themselves to become more self-aware leaders, and have a team of fellow veterans along the way to support them. The ever-growing support system of Clay Hunt Fellows will support each other’s journey, wherever that might take them.


Who can apply?

Any U.S veteran with "other than honorable" discharge or higher. We also accept military personnel within 6 months of leaving active duty and those currently serving in a reserve/guard capacity. Applicants must be a deployable member of Team Rubicon. We are currently not accepting any international veterans at this time.

What is the structure and expectations of the program?

This program is intentionally meant to be ambiguous and organic to get you comfortable with the unknown - with self-reflection. There will be weekly content to do independently as well as weekly group calls. Fellows are expected to commit about 15 hours a week during their 6 months. This program is intended for those that have a desire to grow and develop into their full potential. An ideal applicant has a willingness to be vulnerable, a commitment to better oneself and their surrounding community. There is an expectation of all fellows to be vulnerable and open with other members of the fellowship.

Who can write my Letter of Recommendation (LOR)?

We prefer an LOR from a Team Rubicon member, but if needed, we will accept one from someone you’ve previously served or worked with, written within one year of applying. We ask applicants to provide an email for the person writing the letter. The team will reach out with a link for them to submit it directly. Alternatively, you can have the writer email it to us at [email protected].

What is the application process like?

When applications close, there is a time period of about two months while the TR leadership reviews applications through 5 phases: Initial Screening, Alumni Peer Review, Selection for Interview, Video Interview and finally Selection Board. You will be notified via email and/or phone during the process and selection.

What can I do after the CHFP?

The Base Camp curriculum is intended to better equip you to lead a life of service out of uniform. After graduation, CHFP Cadre will continue to work with you to identify the next steps. Possible follow-on opportunities include careers in Emergency Management, Rebuild, construction, Team Rubicon internships, humanitarian or disaster recovery work. Additionally, the cadre will work to pair you with external organizations that best align with your goals. You will be part of the ever-growing Alumni community. There is where you will be able to continue to grow and support the fellowship through various activities and events.

Do I have to deploy on Ops?

Fellows are allowed to deploy on operations and funding will be provided to allow them to go but it is not required.

Do I have to be a volunteer leader to apply? What about my volunteer leadership position?

No, any veteran can apply. Many applicants apply while holding leadership roles within Team Rubicon, and we ask fellows accepted into the program to step down from those positions in order to focus on the CHFP. They can step back into the role after the fellowship.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Please reach out to [email protected] if you have more questions!

How do I prepare for my application and interview?

We suggest you watch a video on Clay’s story to understand the background of the program. Additionally, we suggest you attend one of our “Ask Me Anything” virtual calls that are hosted quarterly and can be found on the events page of your Roll Call account (hyperlink). If you would like to take a deeper dive into preparing, we are happy to connect you to one of many Clay Hunt Fellow Alumni, just email [email protected] to request a connection to a fellow.




Introducing our Fellows for Base Camp 10

Kim Brooks

John Buckley

Kristin Dwyer

Bianca Huntsman

Jarad Modaber-Alavaez

Timothy Mollock

Richard Patterson

Richard Rivadeneira

Edward Ruebansam

Eric Sanderson

Jen Tanner

Roy Villareal

Learn more about their stories here



“I hope all those who desire to become a fellow search their heart and be true to who they are. Through being authentically you, you will better serve yourself, your community, and Team Rubicon.”
– Vic Young, Navy, Cohort 4


“CHFP is the only place I’ve found where I don’t feel like I have to impress anyone. Far from perfect, the fellowship offers me the opportunity to find and develop my strengths, rather than constantly acting, and reacting, and correcting course. It’s a refreshing take on leadership, the focus being inward, providing a stable platform to stand and lead from.”
– Patrick Black, Army, Cohort 19-2 National


“CHFP helped me connect with a group of amazing veterans who helped me process my trauma, connect meaningfully with others, and believe in myself again.”
– Kevin Johnson, Army, Base Camp 4


“CHFP helped me find my rudder, and now I no longer feel like I’m adrift.”
– Aristeas Tzovaras, Army Cohort 5


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