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 is a solutions innovator and movement builder who has been a key architect in building an equitable and inclusive green economy. She is the President of Dream Corps, a nonprofit organization working to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity.
She has developed numerous energy, environmental, and economic policies and programs at the state, federal and local levels, and has advised on billions of dollars in public investments for energy and community development programs. Vien co-led the coalition to pass and implement California's landmark Senate Bill 535 (de Leon), a law that created the biggest fund in history for the poorest and most polluted communities. To date, it has reinvested over $800 million in disadvantaged communities most harmed by fossil fuel pollution. She also co-led Charge Ahead California, which will place one million electric vehicles in California in 10 years, ensuring that low income communities most impacted by pollution will benefit from zero tailpipe emissions.
In 2015, Vien became the director of Dream Corps’ Green For All, an environmental action group that works to build an inclusive green economy that is strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Vien was appointed as CEO of Dream Corps in 2017.
In 2016, Vien received the White House Champion of Change award for her work on climate equity. Vien has also received numerous congressional, state, regional and local awards for her work advocating on behalf of those most vulnerable to climate change. She was featured in the SF Chronicle as one of San Francisco’s Top Women Leaders, received California League of Conservation Voters Environmental Leadership Award; and Transform's "Leadership, Innovation, Vision, Equity" award. She was listed on the YBCA 100, which highlights the creative minds shaping the future of culture, and was also recognized as a "Power Shifter" on the Grist 50 in 2016.
Vien is a first-generation resident of Oakland, where she continues to live and invest in. 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.https://assets.nationbuilder.com/rebuildthedream/pages/7663/attachments/original/1492959729/vien.png?1492959729
Michelle Romero is a campaign and communications strategist, with a decade of experience working to expand educational and economic opportunities for people of color. As the National Director of Green For All, Michelle engineers national campaigns and fosters strategic partnerships. She leads her team to advance inclusive green economy solutions that bring clean energy and jobs to underserved communities. Her accomplishments include launching the Moms Mobilize campaign to fight the Trump Administration’s dirty budget, and successfully securing a FY 2018 budget that included no cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Under her leadership, Green For All has been a leading voice against efforts to dismantle climate and clean energy progress, and is working to shift billions of dollars from polluter pockets to polluted communities through carbon pricing and inclusive financing strategies. Michelle’s work has been featured in media outlets like CNN, The Los Angeles Times, NowThis, Bustle, ABC News, FastCompany, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Univision. Michelle holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and resides in Sacramento, CA.
Natalia Chung is a digital communications and social media specialist who has been working locally and internationally to spread the word about the importance of sustainability, climate justice, and environmental conservation. As the Digital Organizer for Green For All, Natalia provides messaging guidance for campaigns, develops compelling and engaging social media strategies, and cultivates content that captures the impact of climate pollution in our communities. Previously, Natalia worked to develop sustainability education initiatives impacting 5 million children and served as the international voice behind the 2020 Tokyo Olympics campaign in Japan. Natalia holds a B.A. in technical writing from Loyola University Maryland and currently resides in Mechanicsburg, PA.https://assets.nationbuilder.com/rebuildthedream/pages/20037/attachments/original/1528145694/screenshot-www.facebook.com-2018.06.04-16-54-44.png?1528145694
Mychal is an innovative designer of unique and inclusive experiences, events, programs, organizational processes, and curriculum, both on & offline. He supports imaginative leaders in gaining deeper awareness through their work, to accelerate their engagement & impact, and help put their values into practice. Mychal has worked closely with organizers and activists from around the world, helping strengthen the connective tissue between various movements and support these changemakers in amplifying their work. As an experienced international facilitator and educator, he works to provide access to immersive and creative cross-cultural learning opportunities, both inside and outside traditional education environments.
He views the world through an intersectional lens, believing that all oppressions are interconnected and must be dismantled in conjunction with each other, because as Audre Lorde said, "There is no such thing as a single issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives."
He is a learner, explorer, and a problem solver that gets things done by prioritizing people over projects.https://assets.nationbuilder.com/rebuildthedream/pages/22831/attachments/original/1532962965/38197350_10156663424295972_8625176568190205952_n.jpg?1532962965
Adrienne Orilla is a program and events coordinator with a background in event management and marketing communications. Her experience includes her work for the State of California where she served as the Media Specialist and Executive Assistant for the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, The California's Strategic Growth Council, and California Housing and Community Development. Her strong ties to the State of California include advocating for city and county communities on awareness of climate change, sustainability, water/drought issues, and land use planning. Her recent work includes coordination of the Global Climate Action Summit and its affiliate event, Science to Action day in San Francisco, California. She is also an avid volunteer for many community engagement programs, specifically in elementary schools and communities of color in Northern California. Her hope is to expand her work in environment and social justice not only to local communities in California but to communities nationwide.https://assets.nationbuilder.com/rebuildthedream/pages/23009/attachments/original/1543620275/AdrienneOrillaHeadshot.PNG?1543620275