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 one of the country’s foremost policy experts and strategists on building an equitable green economy. She leads Green For All, a national initiative that puts communities of color at the forefront of the climate movement and equality at the center of environmental solutions. Vien has developed numerous energy, environmental, transportation, and economic policies and programs at the state, federal and local levels. She has advised on billions of dollars in public investments for energy and community development programs - including helping to create the biggest fund in history for low income communities.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/7663/attachments/original/1492959729/vien.png?1492959729
Michelle Romero has nearly a decade of organizing and advocacy experience fighting for progressive issues -- ranging from immigrant rights and economic justice, to higher education, redistricting, and voting rights. Michelle joined Green For All in early 2016 to bring her interdisciplinary and multi-ethnic organizing experience to the fight for climate justice.
In her role as Deputy Director of Green For All, she leads the team to implement a bold climate agenda that seeks to create an inclusive green economy for all – starting with those hit first and worst by pollution and climate change.
Almost immediately upon joining the organization, Michelle helped organize a celebrity bus tour with Van Jones, Mark Ruffalo, Vien Truong, and Tom Steyer to bring national attention and support to Flint, Michigan -- a community suffering the effects of lead-poisoned water and under-investment. She also helped spearhead an effort with national partners to produce a first-of-its-kind policy toolkit to provide a robust set of policy ideas for states to advance climate solutions that address both poverty and pollution. With Michelle’s leadership, Green For All has built a powerful coalition that is advancing a national strategy to replicate carbon pricing policy that invests billions into rebuilding the health, wealth, and environment of frontline families.
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, and received legislative and congressional recognition for her work to engage an unprecedented number of low-income people and people of color in California's citizen redistricting process.
Michelle has published research on barriers 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.
Michelle's work has been featured from the prominent stages of Netroots Nation and the California Democratic Convention, to media outlets like the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, KQED Newsroom, and ABC News. Michelle holds a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Glenda is charged with leading brand and communication strategy at Green For All. She is a media strategist, program manager, and social service professional, and pioneer of innovative multimedia campaigns. With a background made up of equal parts marketing and clinical psychology, Glenda brings a special brand of positivity and passion to her projects with a focus on human connection.
A creativity-driven leader, Glenda specializes in fostering projects throughout the entire process. From launching a project’s unique vision, to tackling its daily logistics, to team coordination, Glenda is the go-to leader with an abundance of trained, effective approaches up her stylish sleeve.
In her current role as Managing Partner at UpperCloud Media, Glenda focuses on educating, informing, and engaging target audiences, and is particularly adept at building integrated campaigns. She manages client online social marketing campaigns and excels at projecting a brand’s unique voice through authentic storytelling.
What sets Glenda apart from other media strategists is her capacity to utilize her past experience in previous fields – her initial practice in the realm of family therapy and social welfare grants her the ability to connect, whether it be the target audience, client, or her team. Glenda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California at Davis and a Masters degree in Social Work from California State University at Sacramento.
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
Kerene N. Tayloe Esq.
Kerene N. Tayloe Esq. is a social justice advocate who has worked tirelessly in the area of Environmental Justice, Civil Rights, and voter protection. Kerene is driven by the desire to ensure that the needs of communities of color are not overlooked. She has worked in many political arenas but is most proud of helping to elect New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the first African American to represent the city of Yonkers in the State Senate and the first woman in New York State history to lead a conference in Albany, NY.
Kerene comes to Green For All from WE ACT for Environmental Justice and where she coordinated the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change. Before that she was a legal fellow engaging in voting rights initiatives at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She is a fitness enthusiast, a practicing yogi, and a burgeoning comedian.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/18679/attachments/original/1502231620/kerene.jpg?1502231620
Ebony is an organizer and activist with a passion for movements built from the ground up. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, where she focused on the interactions between law enforcement and communities of color. At the same time, Ebony connected her passion for the arts to her interest in social justice by interning at the Stanford Institute of Diversity in the Arts, and organized an exhibition of original social justice artwork from the 60s and 70s. She also wrote for the Stanford Arts Review, and helped organize creative writing workshops for other students. Since graduation, Ebony has kept active by assisting in legal clinics and connecting to the local co-op movement.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/15108/attachments/original/1495675372/ebony.jpg?1495675372