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.
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.
Eleanor Fort leads Green For All’s clean transportation policy and advocacy work out of Boston, MA. She brings more than a decade of experience running campaigns to pass policies that build a sustainable and equitable future, and is an expert in clean transportation issues through an equity lens.
Previously, Eleanor was the Clean Vehicles Campaign Manager for the Union of Concerned Scientists, where she supported progress on fuel efficiency, electric vehicles, and autonomous vehicles, and held automakers and the oil industry accountable for spreading misinformation, blocking progress, and producing polluting products.
Before working with scientists, she mobilized the businesses community to advocate for climate, energy, and transportation policies with Ceres through Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of major consumer brands that believe tackling climate change is an economic opportunity. Eleanor also worked on clean water, open spaces, waste, and other environmental issues with Environment Massachusetts as a Preservation Advocate.
Her work throughout her career has sought to integrate environmental, social, and economic movements that directly serve the people who stand to benefit the most and intentionally work to reconcile disparities and privileges. She gained organizing skills as an alumna of Green Corps, a fellowship for grassroots environmental organizing, as well as working as a staff and volunteer for various city, state, and federal office political campaigns. She currently serves on the board of Alternatives for Community and Environment, a 25-year-old local environmental justice organization based in Roxbury, MA. Eleanor graduated from Vassar College where she studied political science and geography.
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://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/22831/attachments/original/1565376236/B335461E-6CFD-48A2-9BFE-F2DEAB4F37F3.jpeg?1565376236
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://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/23009/attachments/original/1543620275/AdrienneOrillaHeadshot.PNG?1543620275