Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Rebuild The Dream
2013 Keynote Speaker
Green Jobs Pioneer, White House Advisor, and One of TIME's "Most Influential People in the World"
2013 MLK Celebration: Rebuild The Dream
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Corboy Law Center
Water Tower Campus
Keynote Speech and Q&A
Centennial Forum Student Union
Lake Shore Campus
Centennial Forum Student Union Lobby
Lake Shore Campus
*RSVP's are not required for either event, however, members of the public (non-Loyola affiliates) and large groups are encouraged to attend the evening event as more seating is available at that time.
Biography: Van Jones
Van Jones is president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy.
Van has a 20-years of track record as a successful, innovative and award-winning social entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of three other, thriving nonprofit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. He is the author of a New York Times best seller, The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs.
The World Economic Forum named Van a Young Global Leader in 2005. In 2008, Fast Company magazine said he had one of the 12 most creative minds on Earth. TIME magazine named Van a global environmental hero in 2008; it named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009.
A Yale-educated attorney, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House in 2009. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.
Van is on the board of Demos and the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is currently a Visiting Fellow in Collaborative Economics at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. During the 2010-11 academic year, Van taught environmental policy and politics at Princeton University.
A globally-recognized pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy, Van is one of America's leading champions of smart solutions to create pathways out of poverty and rebuild America's middle class.