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) andRebuild 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.
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/7663/attachments/original/1467325398/00_a_vien_bio_pic.jpg?1467325398
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/7660/attachments/original/1467325328/00_a_MichelleRomero_headshot.jpg?1467325328
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/7664/attachments/original/1467325194/00_a_photo_knoble.png?1467325194
Rev. Dr. Ambrose F. Carroll is one of the nation’s premiere Practical Theologians. Through the Green the Church campaign, he combines theology with ecology, and challenges churches around the country to embrace their mantle of creation care. In 2009 Ambrose founded the Renewal Worship Center Christian Church of Denver, CO—one of the first environmentally-friendly churches in the country. The church has been recognized by Fast Company and CNN for its innovative approach. A 1987 graduate of Oakland High School, Ambrose holds a Doctor of Divinity degree and a Masters of Business Administration. He is now the Senior Pastor of the Church by The Side of The Road in Berkeley.
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/7662/attachments/original/1467325017/00_a_SydneySnow.jpg?1467325017
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.