We have a significant number of people in addition to the people listed here who assist our initiatives in some capacity. For the complete Team list for each initiative please visit: Green For All, #YesWeCode, and #cut50.
Van Jones is a social entrepreneur, CNN political contributor and host of The Van Jones Show on CNN. Famous for his heart-felt election night coverage, Jones showed up as “the voice of reason” for people in red states and blue throughout the volatile 2016 political season.
Jones is a Yale-educated attorney. He is the author of three New York Times Bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy (2008), the definitive book on green jobs; Rebuild the Dream(2012), a roadmap for progressives; and most recently, Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came apart, How We Come Together (2017).
He was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act. Signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007, the Green Jobs Act was the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term “green jobs.” During the Obama Administration, the legislation has resulted in $500 million in national funding for green jobs training.
In 2009, Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to President Barack Obama. In this role, Jones helped to lead the inter-agency process that oversaw the multi-billion dollar investment in skills training and jobs development within the environmental and green energy sectors.
Jones has been honored with numerous awards and spotlighted on several lists of high achievers, including: the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation; Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”; TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World”; and the Root's 2014 "The Root 100." He is presently a fellow at the MIT Media Lab. Van is a founder of Dream Corps, Rebuild The Dream, Green For All, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change.
Vien Truong is a solutions innovator and movement builder who has been a key architect to building an equitable green economy. Vien has developed numerous energy, environmental, and economic policies and programs at the state, federal and local levels. She has advised on billions of dollars in public investments for energy and community development programs. Most recently, Vien co-led a coalition to pass and implement California's landmark Senate Bill 535 (de Leon), a law that created the biggest fund in history for the poorest and most polluted communities -- to date it has reinvested over $800 million in disadvantaged communities most harmed by fossil fuel pollution. She also co-led Charge Ahead California, which will place one million electric vehicles to California in 10 years, especially ensuring that low-income communities most impacted by pollution will benefit from zero tailpipe emissions.
She is a board member of US Climate Action Network, Clean Energy Works, and MegaPhone Strategies. She previously led The Greenlining Institute’s Environmental Equity program, Chaired the City of Oakland’s Planning Commission, and taught New Business Practicum at UC Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law.
Vien received the White House Champion of Change award for her work on climate equity. Vien has also received numerous congressional, state, regional and local awards for her work advocating on behalf of those most vulnerable to climate change. She was featured in the SF Chronicle as one of San Francisco’s “Top Women Leaders,” received California League of Conservation Voters’ “Environmental Leadership Award”; and Transform’s “Leadership, Innovation, Vision, Equity” award. She also received YBCA 100 which recognizes the creative minds that who are making the provocations that will shape the future of culture and was recognized as a "Power Shifter" on the Grist 50.
Vien is a first-generation resident of Oakland, where she continues to live and invest in. She holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.https://assets.nationbuilder.com/rebuildthedream/pages/14809/attachments/original/1538026151/vien.png?1538026151
Kalia Lydgate is Dream Corps' National Coordinator for the #LoveArmy. Kalia is a cultural creative interested in building new models that make the old obsolete. In 2007, Kalia co-authored the first-in-the-nation legislation to fund green jobs training programs in Massachusetts. From 2009-2012, she co-led a green jobs program in New Bedford, MA that developed innovative, whole-systems solutions for environmental, economic and social justice challenges. During that time, she served as a Mayoral Fellow for the City of New Bedford, where she developed partnerships between the city, the local utility company and grassroots organizations to increase access to livable-wage jobs in the Green Economy. Kalia has developed environmental and climate justice curriculum for a number of after school and summer programs using hip hop and creative expression to teach and engage young people. For the past five years, she has been immersed in sustainable agriculture and alternative economies at the local level. Since 2013, she has worked with the Olohana Foundation to restore traditional Hawaiian agroforestry practices as part of a climate adaptation and food security strategy. Kalia graduated from Wesleyan University in 2007 with a degree in Social Ecology. She is a mother, kitchen herbalist, spoken word artist and salsa dancer.https://assets.nationbuilder.com/rebuildthedream/pages/14816/attachments/original/1485178308/kalia.png?1485178308
Lizzy Jean leads the distributed organizing and political education program at #LoveArmy. Lizzy is a queer, multi-racial and mixed-class Latinx organizer who specializes in building diverse goal-based groups and coalitions. Getting their start in the anti-globalization movement, Lizzy has also worked against war and gender discrimination, and for environmental justice, power and dignity in the workplace, racial justice, and digital civil rights and security. This diverse set of experiences has led them to the understanding that movement building without a racial and economic justice-based framework is not sustainable.
Since 2014, Lizzy has been the co-director if the Deep Abiding Love Project, a militant nonviolent direct action training collective.https://assets.nationbuilder.com/rebuildthedream/pages/22841/attachments/original/1534130821/LizzyHeadshot.jpg?1534130821
Tem Blessed is a socially conscious Hip-Hop Artist that has been making relevant music with a message for over a decade. Born in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa to Cape Verdean parents, Tem currently resides in Hadley, MA. His music and message is about social justice and sustainability. Tem Blessed is a Green For All fellow and 350.org Artist in Residence.
As the Arts and Culture Organizer at Love Army, Tem engages the Love Army members and public through creating original content and producing the weekly show Love Report that airs on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm EST. The Love Report is designed to inform, educate and inspire with topical discussions and by promoting Love Army philosophy: "Grow love + power through education, connection and action."https://assets.nationbuilder.com/rebuildthedream/pages/22842/attachments/original/1534130815/Tem_Blessed_Power_%282%29.jpg?1534130815