Van Jones is founding president of Green For All and a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress. He is also the author of The Green Collar Economy
(Harper One 2008), which has been endorsed by Nancy Pelosi, Tom Daschle and Al Gore.
A 1993 Yale Law graduate, Van is a husband and the father of two small boys. He is committed to creating "green pathways out of poverty" and to greatly expanding the coalition fighting global warming.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Van co-founded Color Of Change. Boasting 400,000 members, Color
of Change has become the nation's biggest online advocacy organization that focuses on African-American issues.
Van is also a co-founder of a new national coalition that promotes the idea of a national "Clean Energy Jobs Corps." This multi-billion-dollar federal initiative would put hundreds of thousands of people to work rewiring and retrofitting the energy infrastructure of the United States.
A champion for the toughest urban constituencies and causes, Van has won many honors, including: the 1998 Reebok International Human Rights Award;
the International Ashoka Fellowship; selection as a World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader"; and the Rockefeller Foundation "Next Generation Leadership" Fellowship.