Niki Okuk

Niki Okuk

Founder of Rco², Compton CA

Niki Okuk founded Rco Tires in 2012. They’ve since recycled more than 300 million pounds of rubber, diverting 70 million gallons of oil from landfills with 16 employees, making it one of southern California’s largest sustainability plants. Rco creates alternative uses for trash tires, turning them into new products. Because of Okuk’s progressive hiring and management practices, it provides stable jobs for local black and Latino residents who struggle to find employment because of past criminal convictions or legal status.

Okuk grew up in Los Angeles and majored in economics at Columbia University. After working in development with the office of Joseph Stiglitz and working in finance in Korea and Singapore, Okuk completed her MBA with Nanyang University in Singapore, including a sustainability certificate at Sloan School of Business at MIT.

Narrative debate – Putting the employees in charge

Main Hall

In our final narrative session, and keynote debate, Niki Okuk, Founder of Rco Tires and Guy Watson, Founder and Chair of Riverford Organic discuss how we can challenge the dominant model of capitalist business and the de facto pyramid structure of management in order to enable a more equitable society. What does it take for […]

The Changing Narrative
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