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) and Rebuild 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.
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Vien Truong is a solutions innovator and movement builder who has been a key architect to building an equitable green economy. Vien has developed numerous energy, environmental, 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. Most recently, Vien co-led a coalition to pass and implement California's landmark Senate Bill 535 (de Leon), a law that created the biggest fund in history for the poorest and most polluted communities -- to date it has reinvested over $800 million in disadvantaged communities most harmed by fossil fuel pollution. She also co-led Charge Ahead California, which will place one million electric vehicles to California in 10 years, especially ensuring that low-income communities most impacted by pollution will benefit from zero tailpipe emissions.
She is a board member of US Climate Action Network, Clean Energy Works, and MegaPhone Strategies. She previously led The Greenlining Institute’s Environmental Equity program, Chaired the City of Oakland’s Planning Commission, and taught New Business Practicum at UC Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law.
Vien received the White House Champion of Change award for her work on climate equity. Vien has also received numerous congressional, state, regional and local awards for her work advocating on behalf of those most vulnerable to climate change. She was featured in the SF Chronicle as one of San Francisco’s “Top Women Leaders,” received California League of Conservation Voters’ “Environmental Leadership Award”; and Transform’s “Leadership, Innovation, Vision, Equity” award. She also received YBCA 100 which recognizes the creative minds that who are making the provocations that will shape the future of culture and was recognized as a "Power Shifter" on the Grist 50.
Vien is a first-generation resident of Oakland, where she continues to live and invest in. 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.
Faiza Farah was born to Ethiopian parents, Faiza was raised in Rome, Italy and Vancouver, Canada. She has been a proud Oakland resident for more than a decade. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a Political Science major. She has 15 years of experience in the non-profit and for profit sector. The focus of her work has been rooted in community organizing through media, technology and economic equity.
She developed a media startup called Third Space Media. Third Space started as a web-series highlighting folks of color entrepreneurs and creatives who were thriving in the San Francisco Bay Area despite displacement and gentrification. It has grown into a media company focused on impacting culture and disrupting the status quo.
As a Black Muslim woman, Faiza is keenly aware of lack of representation and misrepresentation of marginalized groups in the media and technology and how it affects the way those groups are perceived. She has made it her mission to center the voices of folks that have marginalized from conventional media and technology.
When Faiza is not doing all of that, she is traveling the world and cooking Ethiopian food for her friends and family.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/22852/attachments/original/1534448543/8.16.2018_Faiza_Farah_photo.jpg?1534448543
Victoria Costa is an energetic and multi-faceted creative with a background in project management, content strategy and frontend development. She has added her management perspective, curriculum experience, coding skills, design aesthetic, and sense of humor to a wide range of interactive learning experiences around the world, including university courses, multimedia installations, curriculum guides and educational programs for young and adult learners. She has a collaborative work ethic, which envisions a cooperative future, and has over ten years of experience working with solopreneurs, small organizations, nonprofits, universities, international NGOs and corporations customizing products and implementing great lessons about cultural diversity, social justice, environmental ethics, food heritage and technology.
Victoria lives in NYC with her wife, an assistant professor of Anthropology at CUNY. Together, they co-founded Cool Anthropology, a grant-funded international collective that translates rigorous academic research for popular consumption, breaking down the closed circuits of the academy with interactive media, digital outreach, and a whole lot of hustle. Projects include Shifting Stereotypes, The Road of Development, Embodying Ecological Heritage, Maya Deer Dance, and Producing Cool Anthropology, an edited volume (forthcoming). They have 1 son, a budding composer pursuing a dual degree in studio composition and media studies at SUNY Purchase.
She believes we need to use our hands in initiatives within our own communities, and encourages her friends and neighbors to volunteer on projects they find vital to meet the needs of those most vulnerable amongst us. She serves on the board of her CSA, where she helps cut the millionaires out of the food chain, and volunteers with seniors at her local community center. She also lends her hands and resources to indigenous communities in South Dakota, Belize, Guatemala and Peru.
As a daughter of a Cuban immigrant and a queer woman with no degrees or certifications, Victoria’s self-lead learning and professional trajectory has embodied the #YesWeCode spirit, and she is proud to serve its mission to reward grit, ambition and talent with pathways to success and self-determination.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/22870/attachments/original/1536100733/image1.jpeg?1536100733