Van Jones was the founding CEO of REFORM Alliance, a CNN host & political commentator, Emmy Award-winning producer, and New York Times best-selling author. Van has also found success as a social entrepreneur, having founded and led many thriving enterprises including Color of Change, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Dream Corps.
Jones has stewarded several bipartisan legislative and advocacy efforts, racking up wins under the last four US Presidents: Clinton, Bush, Obama, and most recently under Trump, where Jones advocated for the passage of the FIRST STEP Act – a bill the New York Times calls the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation. In 2009, Jones served as the Green Jobs Advisor to the Obama White House, where he oversaw an $80 billion dollar investment in clean energy jobs.
A Yale educated attorney, Jones has won numerous awards, including a 2020 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program, 2019 Lumiere Award, 2019 NAACP Image Award, and more.