Van Jones is president and founder of the non-profit, Dream Corps — a justice incubator that houses the following initiatives: #cut50, #YesWeCode, #GreenForAll, and #LoveArmy. All with the overarching goal to create innovative solutions that “close prison doors and open doors of opportunity.” Jones has also led a number of other social and environmental justice enterprises, including The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change.
A Yale-educated attorney, Jones has written three New York Times bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs; Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives; and most recently, Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together. In 2009, Jones worked as the green jobs adviser to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending. He has earned many honours, including the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation, Rolling Stone’s 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done, Fast Company’s 12 Most Creative Minds On Earth, a Webby Special Achievement Award and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is a correspondent for CNN and regular guest on political talk shows.