Van Jones, cohost of Crossfire on CNN, is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy movement, and author of the best-selling book on green jobs, The Green Collar Economy. In 2009, Time magazine named him “one of the 100 most influential people in the world.” In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine named him one of the “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done.”
A Yale Law School graduate, Jones has a 20-year track record as a successful, innovative, and award-winning social entrepreneur. As an advisor to the President Obama White House, Jones helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.
Jones is also cofounder of Rebuild the Dream, an organization for “bottom-up, people-powered innovations” to help improve nation’s economy, and author of a book with the same name. As the first former Obama official to release a book, Jones explores in Rebuild the Dream seven major missteps made by the White House and its supporters after Obama’s 2008 Presidential victory. In the book, he also lays out a plan for the nation’s economic recovery.
Under his leadership, the Rebuild the Dream organization has built an active network in all 435 Congressional Districts and signed up over 600,000 members. Jones is also a cofounder of three other nonprofit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All.
Van Jones was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and American Progress Action Fund, and held a joint appointment at Princeton University as a distinguished visiting fellow in both the Center for African American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also on the board of Demos and the Natural Resources Defense Council. And he is currently a visiting fellow in Collaborative Economics at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.