Van Jones

Proponent of Green Jobs and leading voice for urban social justice.


“You're seeing the construction of a seamless web of repression from Oakland to Baghdad...we understand that locking down urban America is a part of locking down all of U.S. society and an agenda beyond that.  But what we also know is that the critical vulnerability in those kinds of plans is the human heart:  human beings have to carry out all these orders, human beings have to live with the effect of all these orders and whenever you have that human factor, there's hope.”

- Van Jones

Van Jones is a leading activist working to merge solutions to social inequality and environmental degradation. Jones is the co-founder of three successful non-profit organizations: The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Green for All and Color of Change. Jones served as the Green Jobs advisor to the Obama administration in 2009. He is currently a distinguished visiting fellow at Princeton University in the Center for African American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy.