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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As the Apprenticeship Director at #YesWeCode, Johnnie is developing a model for educating and training diverse students to prepare them for careers in computer programming. He works directly with employers, students, community colleges, and coding bootcamps that are collaborating with #YesWeCode to create a pipeline program for computer programers across industries. He has represented #YesWeCode at the ApprenticeshipUSA White House Summit, where #YesWeCode was recognized by the Department of Labor as a national leader in tech diversity.
Johnnie came to #YesWeCode from the Peralta Community College District where he is a computer information systems faculty member. He also founded an Information Computer Technology (ICT) program for local high school students, which included coursework, guest speakers, and visits to leading technology companies in the Bay Area. Students who completed the program received college credit, and some students received internships at technology companies. Prior to working at Peralta, Johnnie worked as a programmer for start-up companies that were pioneering innovative technologies such as biometric verification and smart card technology. He has also worked as a programmer for a leading video game company. Johnnie was born and raised in Oakland and graduated with a degree in Cognitive Science from Occidental College in Los Angeles.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5652/attachments/original/1467318847/00-aa-Photo_Johnnie.png?1467318847
Jenna is a digital storyteller using her passion for media and design to catalyze social movements. Jenna holds a B.A. in Public Relations & Advertising from DePaul University where she focused her studies in both Latino Media and Community Service Studies. During her collegiate career, she founded the university's first Latino journalists organization to increase support of Latino student journalists at DePaul and beyond. Prior to working in the Bay Area, Jenna helped developed and facilitate after-school programs in underserved Chicago Public Schools. An avid writer, Jenna’s article's and stories have appeared on Univision.com, Joblogues, Wellness Matters, and the Latino Policy Forum.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/5742/attachments/original/1471303054/Screen_Shot_2016-02-04_at_5.47.35_PM.png?1471303054