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Van Jones

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Van Jones

Jones is the co-founder of three nonprofit organizations, including Green For All, a national organization that is working to build a green economy to reduce poverty. Today, he’s a senior policy adviser for the nonprofit. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Jones to the newly created position of special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. During this time, he worked with various government agencies to advance climate and energy initiatives, with a special focus on improving low-income communities. Jones is also the author of “The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems,” which outlines a plan to solve both socioeconomic inequality and environmental problems.