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/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.
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
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.
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/1490300272/temp_headshot.png?1490300272