Van Jones, Keynote Speaker
Van Jones is a globally recognized, award-winning leader in the green economy. Best-selling author of the definitive book on green jobs, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, Jones was also the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act. Signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007, this was the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term “green jobs.”
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. Since then, Jones has co-founded successful social enterprises, including Green For All, which works on building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty, and Rebuild The Dream, a 21st Century “think tank” that champions innovative solutions to fix the U.S. economy and uplift the next generation.
A featured TED speaker, 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 and a CNN political contributor.