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Van Jones

Social Entrepreneur; Bestselling Author; CNN Host; and Founder, Dream Machine Innovation Lab
Van Jones

Van Jones is a U.S. media personality, entrepreneur and world-class change maker. Jones has a rare track record of bringing people together to do hard things -- in areas as diverse as clean energy solutions, criminal justice reform and racial inclusion in the tech sector. In 2007, Van was the primary champion of the Green Jobs Act, signed into law by George W. Bush. In 2009, he worked in the Obama White House as the Special Advisor for Green Jobs. In 2018, he helped pass the FIRST STEP Act – which the New York Times calls the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation. In 2021, Jones was the first recipient of Jeff Bezos’ Courage & Civility Award. Van is a CNN host, an Emmy Award-winning producer and a 3X New York Times best-selling author.