Van Jones is a social entrepreneur and CNN political contributor. Famous for his heart-felt election night coverage, Jones showed up as “the voice of reason” for people in red states and blue throughout the volatile 2016 political season.
Jones is a Yale-educated attorney. He is the author of three New York Times Bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy (2008), the definitive book on green jobs, Rebuild the Dream (2012), a roadmap for progressives, and most recently, Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together (2017).
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 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.” Van is a founder of Dream Corps, Rebuild The Dream, Green For All, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change and REFORM Alliance.