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Welcoming Van Jones…Keynote Speaker at 3pm on Main Stage

Van Jones

Van Jones will be featured at EcoFair Marin as the keynote speaker at 3pm on the Main Stage – on Sunday, September 9. Author of the recently published Rebuild the Dream, Van is a “globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy.”

As an advisor to the Obama White House, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending. A Yale Law School graduate, he has a 20-year track record as a successful, innovative and award-winning social entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of three other thriving nonprofit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All.

Van’s book, Rebuild the Dream, hits the shelves on April 4th, the anniversary of MLK’s assassination. As the first former Obama official to release a book, Van explores seven major missteps made by the White House and its supporters after Obama’s 2008 victory. He also lays out a game plan for turning anger into action, protest into power and suffering into solutions—so that our economy can respect the 99% and work for the 100%, not just the top 1%.

He is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy. He was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and American Progress Action Fund, and held 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.

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.

TIME magazine called him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine named him one of the “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done.” He is also the best-selling author of the definitive book on green jobs, The Green Collar Economy.

To learn more about Van Jones, visit – and mark your calendar to join us on Sunday, September 9 to see Van live at EcoFair Marin!

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