Rob Kaplan

Closed Loop Partners


Rob Kaplan is co-founder and Managing Director of Closed Loop Partners, an innovative platform for impact investing, sustainability, and the circular economy.  The firm aims to incubate, commercialize, and scale solutions that optimize supply chains, turn waste into value, and improve recycling around the world. Closed Loop Ventures and Closed Loop Fund are built to deliver strong financial and environmental returns by linking the world’s largest corporations — including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, and Walmart — with recycling innovation.  

Prior to joining the Fund, Rob served as Director of Sustainability for Walmart Stores, Inc. where he was responsible for packaging, customer engagement, and integration with the consumables business, including personal care and household cleaning.   Before joining Walmart, he helped lead corporate responsibility and brand strategy for Brown-Forman Corporation, which produces and markets spirit brands such as Jack Daniel’s.

Rob received his MBA from the Haas School where he studied marketing, corporate responsibility, and social entrepreneurship. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.