We have a significant number of people in addition to the people listed here who assist our initiatives in some capacity. For the complete Team list for each initiative please visit: Green For All, #YesWeCode, and #cut50.
Van Jones is a CNN political commentator, regularly appearing across the network’s programming and special political coverage.
Jones is a Yale-educated attorney. He is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, The Green Collar Economy (2008) and Rebuild the Dream (2012). The second book chronicles his journey as an environmental and human rights activist to becoming a White House policy advisor. He was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act. Signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007, the Green Jobs Act was the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term “green jobs.” During the Obama Administration, the legislation has resulted in $500 million in national funding for green jobs training.
In 2009, Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to President Barack Obama. In this role, Jones helped to lead the inter-agency process that oversaw the multi-billion dollar investment in skills training and jobs development within the environmental and green energy sectors.
Jones has been honored with numerous awards and spotlighted on several lists of high achievers, including: the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation; Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”; TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World”; and the Root's 2014 "The Root 100." He is presently a fellow at the MIT Media Lab.Van is founder of Dream Corps, Rebuild The Dream, Green For All, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5656/attachments/original/1467320610/00-aa-van_jones__photo.png?1467320610
Dr. John Anner, PhD, has been working in social justice and international development since the late 1970s. He has been active in community and international solidarity organizing in the US, and has also worked in West Africa, Southeast Asia, India and Central America. From 2003 to 2015, he led Thrive Networks, an international development agency implementing large-scale projects in health care, education and clean water across Asia and Africa. He was also the founder and executive director of the Independent Press Association, a membership organization of social justice periodicals, from 1996 to 2003. Dr. Anner has a PhD in Public Policy and Administration, and an MS in International Development. His research interests include quantitative analysis, impact measurement in social enterprise, and exponential organizations.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5657/attachments/original/1467321268/00_a_JohnAnner_bio.png?1467321268
Vien Truong leads Green For All, a national initiative to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.
Vien previously led the Greenlining Institute's Environmental Equity team in creating solutions for poverty and pollution at the state legislature, California Public Utilities Commission, and in localities around the state. Under her leadership, her team created state programs and policies around the country to direct billions of dollars in funding and resources to the communities most vulnerable to climate change. Vien helped pass SB 535 (de Leon, 2012) which directs a quarter of CA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to disadvantaged communities. In 2014, she co-led the Charge Ahead Initiative (SB 1275, de Leon) California’s nationally recognized program to accelerate the transformation to electric vehicles and create clean transportation choices for low income and working families. She also led the team's strategy and efforts to create the California Climate Credit, develop strong workforce standards for the energy efficiency sector, and create sustainable communities throughout California.
She has received congressional, state, regional and local awards for her work on behalf of low-income communities and communities of color. Vien was featured in the SF Chronicle as one of San Francisco’s “Top Women Leaders.” She received Urban Habitat’s “Movement Builder” award and Oxfam America’s “Act Local, Think Global” award. She is a recipient of the Transform 2015 Leadership, Innovation, Vision and Equity (LIVE) Award.
Prior to joining Greenlining, she led Green For All’s state policy and workforce development efforts.Vien was an Associate Attorney for the New Business Practicum at UC Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law, has worked with California Senator Joe Simitian in researching and developing state law, clerked with Chief Magistrate James Larson at the San Francisco Federal District Court and was the Community Economic Justice Law Fellow at UC Berkeley’s East Bay Community Law Center, helping to develop innovative, long-term economic development solutions to address the systemic problems confronting low-income communities.
Vien is a Board Member for the U.S. Climate Action Network. She holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Vien has served on the City of Oakland’s Planning Commission, helping guide the growth and development of her hometown.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5661/attachments/original/1467321523/00_a_vien_bio_pic.jpg?1467321523
For the last 14 years, Somer Huntley has honed her organizational and management skills as a leader in the non-profit sector. She began her career at Rainforest Action Network, where she defended the rights of indigenous people and fought corporate power. During her tenure RAN obtained key commitments from America's largest corporations, including Citi, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Kinko's, and Lowe's.At Dream Corps, Somer oversees organizational structure, team management, campaign development and staffing in addition to providing support for president and founder, Van Jones. Somer received a Master's Degree in Ecological Economics from San Francisco State University. Her thesis, Redefining Economics: Offering Solutions to a Sustainable Future" was recently published by Lambert Academic Publishing.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5663/attachments/original/1467321595/00_a_photo_shuntley.jpg?1467321595
Jeremy was a founding staff member at Green For All. As Field Director, he helped propel Green For All from a start-up nonprofit into a national force for change. Later, as Chief Strategist for State and Local Initiatives, Jeremy led the organization’s focus on the development, implementation, and replication of green economic and workforce development models. Jeremy has broad experience bringing together diverse stakeholders to address poverty, environmental issues, and economic development. He holds master’s degrees in City Planning and in International Development from the University of California, Berkeley.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5675/attachments/original/1467322703/00_a_photo_jhayes.png?1467322703
Nisha is a veteran fundraiser and consultant with over 15 years of experience in nonprofit development and management. Previously, she was the Director of Development for The Ruckus Society, a national direct action training organization, and for San Francisco Women Against Rape, the city's rape crisis center. Nisha is a senior trainer and consultant with GIFT, the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training. As a certified coach, Nisha is a pioneer in the field of “fundraising coaching.” She provides her clients with a unique blend of coaching through their issues around money while providing high-quality fundraising tools and consulting services. Nisha has also played a public role: interviewing extensively for TV, print and radio and speaking in front of the UN, US Congressional Hearings, press conferences, activist gatherings, protests and more. In addition, her writing has appeared in The Nation, The Grassroots Fundraising Journal and online media.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5664/attachments/original/1467321675/00_a_photo_nanand.jpg?1467321675
Jessica Jackson is a human rights attorney who began her career representing California death row inmates in their appeals. She now oversees DreamCorps #cut50 initiative to end mass incarceration. Jessica currently sits on The Committee for a Fair Judiciary, serves as a Board member of the American Constitution Society Bay Area Chapter, represents Congressman Jared Huffman on the Democratic Central Committee of Marin, and serves on the Public Outreach Committee for the Marin Bar Association.
She was elected to the Mill Valley City Council in November, 2013, becoming the youngest ever elected official in Marin County. In addition to her duties on the City Council, Jessica serves as Mill Valley's representative to the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Joint Services Oversight Committee, the Marin County Major Crimes Oversight Task Force, and the MCCMC Legislative Committee.
Jessica earned her B.A in Political Science from the University of South Florida Honors College and her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law where she received the Dean's Outstanding Student Leadership Award.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5659/attachments/original/1467321384/00_a_photo_jjackson.jpg?1467321384
Felix has over 15 years experience of leadership in educational and non-profit organizations. As a seasoned director of educational programs, his experience ranges from creating scholarship programs for STEM students of color, to organizing volunteers nationwide, and building two educational organizations from the ground up. His passion to positively impact disadvantaged people of color through resource building and community empowerment derives from his upbringing in a low-income family and being the first in his family to graduate from college. Prior to #YesWeCode, Felix served as the Program Director for Genesys Works and the Director of Alumni Scholarships & Student Engagement at the University of California Alumni Association. Felix holds a BA in Sociology from UCLA. Although originally from Southern California; he, his wife and daughter proudly cheer for the Golden State Warriors.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/7599/attachments/original/1468869771/felixheadshot1.jpg?1468869771
Matt Haney coordinates, implements and provides policy and research direction and support for Dream Corp's program initiatives. He develops communications, social media, and briefing materials and reports, and leads strategic policy direction and advocacy.Matt also serves as an elected School Board Member on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education, where he is responsible for determining policy, budget, curriculum, educational goals and standards for all pre K-12 public schools in San Francisco. In his role as a School Board Member, Matt has been a national leader on ending the school to prison pipeline, including authoring a landmark policy transforming San Francisco's school discipline system.
Matt is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Stanford d.school, where he uses design thinking and human centered design to incubate new ideas public education and government. As the former Executive Director of the University of California Student Association, Matt worked directly for the over 200,000 students in the UC system, managing a budget of over half a million dollars and a team of dedicated professional staff, to ensure public education is protected for current and future generations. Matt is the Co-founder and Chair of Citizen Hope, a Bay Area organization which encourages civic engagement and community service.
Matt has a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an MA from Stanford University School of Education,a JD from Stanford Law School with a focus on education law, and an LLM in Human Rights from National University of Ireland where he was a Senator George Mitchell Scholar.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5671/attachments/original/1467322066/00_a_photo_mhaney.jpg?1467322066
Shaka is a writer, mentor and motivational speaker whose story of redemption has inspired youth and young adults at high schools, universities, and conferences across the nation. He is founder of the Atonement Project, a recipient of the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award, a 2013 MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, a Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Community Leadership Network, and teaches a course on the Atonement Project at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In March 2014, Shaka shared his story on the world-renowned TED stage and in just four months his talk reached more than 1,000,000 views.
Shaka transformed his life and discovered his love for writing while serving nineteen years in prison, time he spent examining his life and the decisions that led him to spend his youth in a 6′ x 8′ cell. By sharing his story, Shaka has inspired mothers of murder victims to forgive, inspired young men in the streets to choose a college degree over a prison number, and shifted the thinking of tough-on-crime advocates from the lock-em-up-throw-away-the-key mentality to believing redemption is possible. Shaka has written a memoir about his life titled Writing My Wrongs (Drop a Gem Publishing, 2013) and published a collection of essays and poems about his abusive childhood and his life in the streets and in prison titledLive in Peace: A Youth Guide to Turning Hurt into Hope (Drop a Gem Publishing, 2012).
Anyone who has heard Shaka's story has been moved; and once they read his memoir they are challenged to question every system, from education to corrections, that touches the lives of people all over the country.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5672/attachments/original/1467322152/00_a_shaka.jpg?1467322152
Tamyra has 10 years of youth development experience as an impassioned STEM educator, fueled by an altruistic belief in equity for all learners. Her diverse experience in education spans across classrooms in Dallas, Greece, and Oakland, and includes STEM program and curriculum development as well as teacher leadership and professional development. She is also a featured educator on a Stanford University Massive Open Online Course on formative assessment.
Tamyra holds a BA in Sociology from Howard University and a MS in Mathematics Teaching and Learning from Drexel University. Much of her pedagogical practice has been steeped in effective implementation of technology, informative and rich assessment, and student centered design. She has a natural orientation towards innovation and looks forward to embedding insights gained from her practice as an educator into youth development solutions that extend beyond the STEM classroom into the tech industry.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5674/attachments/original/1467322396/00_a_tamyra.jpg?1467322396
As the Apprenticeship Director at #YesWeCode, Johnnie is developing a model for educating and training diverse students to prepare them for careers in computer programming. He works directly with employers, students, community colleges, and coding bootcamps that are collaborating with #YesWeCode to create a pipeline program for computer programers across industries. He has represented #YesWeCode at the ApprenticeshipUSA White House Summit, where #YesWeCode was recognized by the Department of Labor as a national leader in tech diversity.
Johnnie came to #YesWeCode from the Peralta Community College District where he is a computer information systems faculty member. He also founded an Information Computer Technology (ICT) program for local high school students, which included coursework, guest speakers, and visits to leading technology companies in the Bay Area. Students who completed the program received college credit, and some students received internships at technology companies. Prior to working at Peralta, Johnnie worked as a programmer for start-up companies that were pioneering innovative technologies such as biometric verification and smart card technology. He has also worked as a programmer for a leading video game company. Johnnie was born and raised in Oakland and graduated with a degree in Cognitive Science from Occidental College in Los Angeles.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5673/attachments/original/1467322317/00_a_johnnie_web.png?1467322317
Michelle Romero is the Campaign Director of Green For All's Clean Power Plan campaign. In her role, she works to ensure equity has a front seat in the CPP so that it can become a strong vehicle for addressing both poverty and pollution across the country.
Immediately prior to joining Green For All, Michelle worked in the Issues Management and Policy Analysis unit for the President of the University of California system Janet Napolitano. She also spent five years at the Greenlining Institute, leading state strategy to ensure communities of color have a voice in the major decisions that affect their lives. Among her major accomplishments, includes an unprecedented statewide civic engagement campaign to engage people of color in California's 2011 redistricting process and activating and leading a 501c4 organization alongside 501c3 strategies.
Michelle has published research on barrier to voting advised state and local government agencies about effective practices for engaging communities of color in decision-making processes, wrote and lobbied for legislation, and helped catalyze a shift in the election policy community to design programs that are user-centered from the outset.
Michelle's work has been featured in the SF Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, KQED, ABC News, La Opinion, and many other media outlets. Michelle holds a B.A from the University of California at Santa Cruz.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5679/attachments/original/1467323123/00_a_MichelleRomero_headshot.jpg?1467323123
Kim builds and manages relationships with the Administration, Congress, and with national environmental and progressive organizations and coalitions. She also helps shape the organization's national policy agenda. Prior to this role, she served as an executive aide and program associate for the organization. Kim attended Fort Valley State University and received her B.A. in Mass Communications. She has spent the majority of her career assisting children and families as a parent educator and later as a program manager and training director for resource centers in the Maryland Child Care Resource Network. She is passionate about making sure children are in a safe environment and families have access to available local, state and federal resources. Kim also enjoys photography and reading and is an avid walker.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5676/attachments/original/1467322780/00_a_photo_knoble.png?1467322780
Sydney Snow serves as the Director of Strategic Engagement for Green For All. In her role, she works to mobilize communities of color in an effort to highlight the potential benefit that the President's Climate Action Plan offers by building a wide foundation of diverse stakeholders and ensuring that equity-based climate policies are implemented across the country.
Before joining the Green For All team Sydney worked with a coalition of 20+ national environmental organizations dedicated to building the political power of the environmental movement in order to protect the environment and build a sustainable economy. During her tenure with the coalition, Sydney worked with black and brown communities to encourage a new perspective on climate change among unfamiliar audiences and to build a strong and diverse climate movement in the United States. Sydney also worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Congressional Black Caucus where she was dedicated to climate change and voting rights issues. During her time at the coalition Sydney worked with civil rights organizations such as the NAACP, National Urban League, LULAC, & NCLR as well as faith leaders from the African Methodist Episcopal Church, National Baptist Convention, USA, Church of God in Christ, Evangelicals, and other grassroots organizations.
Sydney is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. She holds a B.A. from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. She enjoys traveling the world in her free time and has been to more than 25 countries.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5677/attachments/original/1467322918/00_a_SydneySnow.jpg?1467322918
Josh is Director of Field Strategy for Green For All where he works to mobilize people and partners for equitable climate policy. Josh previously served as Director of Field Marketing for home energy solutions provider, Next Step Living, where he led a 130 person team enrolling 1700 residents per month in solar and energy efficiency services. As Campaign Manager for Green For All in 2008 and 2009 Josh coordinated the first national day of action for green jobs, with nearly 700 events in all 50 states. Josh co-founded Energy Action Coalition, the first national student and youth alliance on clean energy. Josh is a pasta-loving, karaoke-singing dad with a passion for bringing together unlikely allies to build more livable, just, and joyful communities.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/7601/attachments/original/1468886715/00_a_josh_lynh.jpg?1468886715
Matt is an Oakland native with a passion for making change work for more people in our society. Previously, he worked at Code for America, an innovative tech nonprofit which believes that government can work by the people, for the people in the 21st century. There, he successfully led the charge for many successfully funded initiatives, including the 2015 Google Impact Challenge. He got his start in Development at Hack the Hood, an award-winning youth tech nonprofit which provides social entrepreneurship training for underserved youth in the Bay Area. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Santa Cruz.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5667/attachments/original/1467321824/00_a_mboitano.jpg?1467321824
Roger is a Bay Area native with a passion for helping the underserved. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with honors and subsequently earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Prior to The Dream Corps, Roger worked at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Office of the Medical Director, where he coordinated the Human Subjects Research Committee, supported the Countywide implementation of an electronic health record system, and worked toward hope, wellness, and recovery for all Angelenos suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. Roger has written for the City of Los Angeles, and has also published research in the Californian Journal of Health Promotion. Roger loves coffee, music, Bay Area sports teams, and staying active.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/7598/attachments/original/1468870546/Roger_(1).jpg?1468870546
An expert generalist with 20 years of experience managing projects & logistics for different organizations, Cricket is ideally suited to assist with the foundational details that keep Dream Corps running smoothly.
Cricket offers daily support to the Chief of Staff and Director of External Relations maintaining the President's calendar, and also supports all staff with events and travel logistics.
She is devoted to people, creating music, dancing, and working with positive focus to make beautiful things happen in the world.
Jenna is a digital storyteller using her passion for media and design to catalyze social movements. Jenna holds a B.A. in Public Relations & Advertising from DePaul University where she focused her studies in both Latino Media and Community Service Studies. During her collegiate career, she founded the university's first Latino journalists organization to increase support of Latino student journalists at DePaul and beyond. Prior to working in the Bay Area, Jenna helped developed and facilitate after-school programs in underserved Chicago Public Schools. An avid writer, Jenna’s article's and stories have appeared on Univision.com, Joblogues, Wellness Matters, and the Latino Policy Forum.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5741/attachments/original/1468886927/jenna_headshot.png?1468886927