Van Jones is founding president of Rebuild the Dream, a pioneering initiative to restore good jobs and economic opportunity. He is the co-founder of three, thriving organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. Jones is the author ofThe New York Times best seller, The Green Collar Economy, and most recently, the book Rebuild the Dream.
A Yale-educated attorney, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House in 2009. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green recovery spending. Time Magazine has named Jones one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Van Jones: “Green For All” is a national organization. We’re dedicated to creating green-collar jobs, so the jobs in the solar industry, wind industry, clean energy overall, green construction, organic food, water conservation. Those green-collar jobs getting them to low income people, disadvantaged people, people of color. We want to fight pollution and poverty at the same time by making sure of this green wave that’s coming is strong enough and inclusive enough to lift all boats.
We have a responsibility to defend the America that we inherited and to make sure that people calling themselves patriots don't smash it down.