Van Jones, founder of Green For All and Rebuild the Dream, and a former Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, has joined the Presidio Graduate School faculty as a Visiting Fellow in Collaborative Economics. As a Visiting Fellow, Jones will represent Presidio across the country and beyond as a noted author and speaker. In addition, he will be on campus in the Fall 2012 term to offer a short course on the collaborative economy, the subject of his latest research and writing, and be available to students for mentorship.
Jones was an advisor to the Obama White House in 2009-2010, where he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green recovery spending. A Yale Law School graduate and former Echoing Green Fellow, he has a 20-year track record as a successful, innovative and award-winning social entrepreneur. Jones is a co-founder of three successful nonprofit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change and Green For All.
Jones is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy. He is on the board of several organizations, including Demos, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and the Campaign for America's Future.
TIME magazine called Jones one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009. He is also the best-selling author of the definitive book on green jobs, The Green Collar Economy.