Anthony "Van" Jones is an American
environmental advocate, civil rights activist and attorney.
Jones is a co-founder of three successful non-profit organizations.
In 1996 he founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights,
a California non-governmental organization (NGO) working for
alternatives to violence. In 2005 he co-founded Color of Change,
an advocacy group for African Americans. In 2007 he founded
Green For All, a national NGO dedicated to "building an
inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of
poverty." His first book, The Green Collar Economy, was
released on October 7, 2008, and reached number 12 on the New
York Times Best Seller list. In 2008, Time magazine named Jones
one of its "Heroes of the Environment". Fast
Company called him one of the "12 Most Creative Minds of 2008".
In March 2009 Jones was appointed by
President Barack Obama to the newly-created position of Special
Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the
White House Council on Environmental Quality, where he worked
with various "agencies
and departments to advance the administration's climate and
energy initiatives, with a special focus on improving vulnerable
communities." Jones resigned from the position in September,
2009. “On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean
energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign
against me," Jones said in his resignation statement. "They
are using lies and distortions to distract and divide."
Jones is currently a senior fellow at the Center For American
Progress and a senior policy advisor at Green For All. Jones
also holds a joint appointment at Princeton University, as
a distinguished visiting fellow in both the Center for African
American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology
and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public
and International Affairs.
He is a friend of Richmond, California and
its people and a supporter of “Solar Richmond."
He also spoke
at the inaugural ceremony of Mayor McLaughlin in January of