Nir was born in Israel, raised in Ohio, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. After earning his B.A. in economics and international relations, he volunteered for the IDF’s Paratrooper Reconnaissance Brigade where he is still a reservist. Caring deeply about the environment, Nir is the founder and CEO of Tidewater Textile Recycling LLC and has built businesses that reuse and recycle 30 million items of clothing each year, keeping them out of landfills where they cause severe environmental damage. His team of 70 people work across seven states and are passionate about growing a business with a double bottom line, where each dollar of revenue represents a measurable environmental impact. As one of his industry’s global leaders, he helped create and launch ReClothe New York, the country’s first state-sponsored clothing sustainability campaign. The program earned the U.S. EPA’s 2015 Environmental Champion Award, the first given to a textile sustainability initiative, and the program is being used as a model across the country. As the youngest board member and committee chair at SMART, a global textile recycling association, he has led advocacy drives that have resulted in the passage of textile sustainability legislation across the country. He is currently working on a U.S. trade policy initiative that could significantly impact textile reuse globally and has also advised the Chinese government on developing their first national textile sustainability policy. Nir also served on the American Area Election Committee for the 37th Zionist Congress.