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 CNN political commentator, regularly appearing across the network’s programming and special political coverage.
Jones is a Yale-educated attorney. He is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, The Green Collar Economy (2008) and Rebuild the Dream (2012). The second book chronicles his journey as an environmental and human rights activist to becoming a White House policy advisor. 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 founder of Dream Corps, Rebuild The Dream, Green For All, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14806/attachments/original/1467320610/00-aa-van_jones__photo.png?1467320610
Dr. John Anner, PhD, has been working in social justice and international development since the late 1970s. He has been active in community and international solidarity organizing in the US, and has also worked in West Africa, Southeast Asia, India and Central America. From 2003 to 2015, he led Thrive Networks, an international development agency implementing large-scale projects in health care, education and clean water across Asia and Africa. He was also the founder and executive director of the Independent Press Association, a membership organization of social justice periodicals, from 1996 to 2003. Dr. Anner has a PhD in Public Policy and Administration, and an MS in International Development. His research interests include quantitative analysis, impact measurement in social enterprise, and exponential organizations.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14812/attachments/original/1467321268/00_a_JohnAnner_bio.png?1467321268
Vien Truong leads Green For All, a national initiative to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.
Vien previously led the Greenlining Institute's Environmental Equity team in creating solutions for poverty and pollution at the state legislature, California Public Utilities Commission, and in localities around the state. Under her leadership, her team created state programs and policies around the country to direct billions of dollars in funding and resources to the communities most vulnerable to climate change. Vien helped pass SB 535 (de Leon, 2012) which directs a quarter of CA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to disadvantaged communities. In 2014, she co-led the Charge Ahead Initiative (SB 1275, de Leon) California’s nationally recognized program to accelerate the transformation to electric vehicles and create clean transportation choices for low income and working families. She also led the team's strategy and efforts to create the California Climate Credit, develop strong workforce standards for the energy efficiency sector, and create sustainable communities throughout California.
She has received congressional, state, regional and local awards for her work on behalf of low-income communities and communities of color. Vien was featured in the SF Chronicle as one of San Francisco’s “Top Women Leaders.” She received Urban Habitat’s “Movement Builder” award and Oxfam America’s “Act Local, Think Global” award. She is a recipient of the Transform 2015 Leadership, Innovation, Vision and Equity (LIVE) Award.
Prior to joining Greenlining, she led Green For All’s state policy and workforce development efforts.Vien was an Associate Attorney for the New Business Practicum at UC Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law, has worked with California Senator Joe Simitian in researching and developing state law, clerked with Chief Magistrate James Larson at the San Francisco Federal District Court and was the Community Economic Justice Law Fellow at UC Berkeley’s East Bay Community Law Center, helping to develop innovative, long-term economic development solutions to address the systemic problems confronting low-income communities.
Vien is a Board Member for the U.S. Climate Action Network. 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. Vien has served on the City of Oakland’s Planning Commission, helping guide the growth and development of her hometown.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14809/attachments/original/1467321523/00_a_vien_bio_pic.jpg?1467321523
For the last 14 years, Somer Huntley has honed her organizational and management skills as a leader in the non-profit sector. She began her career at Rainforest Action Network, where she defended the rights of indigenous people and fought corporate power. During her tenure RAN obtained key commitments from America's largest corporations, including Citi, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Kinko's, and Lowe's.At Dream Corps, Somer oversees organizational structure, team management, campaign development and staffing in addition to providing support for president and founder, Van Jones. Somer received a Master's Degree in Ecological Economics from San Francisco State University. Her thesis, Redefining Economics: Offering Solutions to a Sustainable Future" was recently published by Lambert Academic Publishing.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14797/attachments/original/1467321595/00_a_photo_shuntley.jpg?1467321595
Jeremy was a founding staff member at Green For All. As Field Director, he helped propel Green For All from a start-up nonprofit into a national force for change. Later, as Chief Strategist for State and Local Initiatives, Jeremy led the organization’s focus on the development, implementation, and replication of green economic and workforce development models. Jeremy has broad experience bringing together diverse stakeholders to address poverty, environmental issues, and economic development. He holds master’s degrees in City Planning and in International Development from the University of California, Berkeley.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14791/attachments/original/1467322703/00_a_photo_jhayes.png?1467322703
Nisha is a veteran fundraiser and consultant with over 15 years of experience in nonprofit development and management. Previously, she was the Director of Development for The Ruckus Society, a national direct action training organization, and for San Francisco Women Against Rape, the city's rape crisis center. Nisha is a senior trainer and consultant with GIFT, the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training. As a certified coach, Nisha is a pioneer in the field of “fundraising coaching.” She provides her clients with a unique blend of coaching through their issues around money while providing high-quality fundraising tools and consulting services. Nisha has also played a public role: interviewing extensively for TV, print and radio and speaking in front of the UN, US Congressional Hearings, press conferences, activist gatherings, protests and more. In addition, her writing has appeared in The Nation, The Grassroots Fundraising Journal and online media.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14794/attachments/original/1467321675/00_a_photo_nanand.jpg?1467321675
Matt Haney coordinates, implements and provides policy and research direction and support for Dream Corp's program initiatives. He develops communications, social media, and briefing materials and reports, and leads strategic policy direction and advocacy.Matt also serves as an elected School Board Member on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education, where he is responsible for determining policy, budget, curriculum, educational goals and standards for all pre K-12 public schools in San Francisco. In his role as a School Board Member, Matt has been a national leader on ending the school to prison pipeline, including authoring a landmark policy transforming San Francisco's school discipline system.
Matt is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Stanford d.school, where he uses design thinking and human centered design to incubate new ideas public education and government. As the former Executive Director of the University of California Student Association, Matt worked directly for the over 200,000 students in the UC system, managing a budget of over half a million dollars and a team of dedicated professional staff, to ensure public education is protected for current and future generations. Matt is the Co-founder and Chair of Citizen Hope, a Bay Area organization which encourages civic engagement and community service.
Matt has a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an MA from Stanford University School of Education,a JD from Stanford Law School with a focus on education law, and an LLM in Human Rights from National University of Ireland where he was a Senator George Mitchell Scholar.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14795/attachments/original/1467322066/00_a_photo_mhaney.jpg?1467322066
Jason Walsh has over twenty years of experience as a policy advocate, policy maker, and coalition builder working at federal and state levels on issues of economic justice, equity, clean energy and economic and workforce development.
Jason served five years in the Obama administration, first at the Department of Energy as part of the leadership team at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and, from 2014 to the start of 2017, as a senior policy advisor at the White House, where he worked on a range of issues at the intersection of President Obama’s climate, energy and economic policies. In his White House role he was the administration’s policy lead on the POWER+ Plan, the President’s package of proposed investments in coal communities and in the health and pension security of retired coal miners and their families; and, in parallel, he coordinated the POWER Initiative, a White House-led effort aligning economic and workforce development resources from ten federal agencies to make targeted investments in coal communities and workers
Prior to joining the Administration in 2012 Jason held senior positions with a number of non-governmental organizations, including as the founding National Policy Director of Green For All. He has also worked as a union organizer, a homeless shelter supervisor, and as a policy fellow for the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14773/attachments/original/1484335155/Jason_Walsh.png?1484335155
Felix has over 15 years experience of leadership in educational and non-profit organizations. As a seasoned director of educational programs, his experience ranges from creating scholarship programs for STEM students of color, to organizing volunteers nationwide, and building two educational organizations from the ground up. His passion to positively impact disadvantaged people of color through resource building and community empowerment derives from his upbringing in a low-income family and being the first in his family to graduate from college. Prior to #YesWeCode, Felix served as the Program Director for Genesys Works and the Director of Alumni Scholarships & Student Engagement at the University of California Alumni Association. Felix holds a BA in Sociology from UCLA. Although originally from Southern California; he, his wife and daughter proudly cheer for the Golden State Warriors.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14793/attachments/original/1468869771/felixheadshot1.jpg?1468869771
Shaka is a writer, mentor and motivational speaker whose story of redemption has inspired youth and young adults at high schools, universities, and conferences across the nation. He is founder of the Atonement Project, a recipient of the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award, a 2013 MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, a Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Community Leadership Network, and teaches a course on the Atonement Project at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In March 2014, Shaka shared his story on the world-renowned TED stage and in just four months his talk reached more than 1,000,000 views.
Shaka transformed his life and discovered his love for writing while serving nineteen years in prison, time he spent examining his life and the decisions that led him to spend his youth in a 6′ x 8′ cell. By sharing his story, Shaka has inspired mothers of murder victims to forgive, inspired young men in the streets to choose a college degree over a prison number, and shifted the thinking of tough-on-crime advocates from the lock-em-up-throw-away-the-key mentality to believing redemption is possible. Shaka has written a memoir about his life titled Writing My Wrongs (Drop a Gem Publishing, 2013) and published a collection of essays and poems about his abusive childhood and his life in the streets and in prison titledLive in Peace: A Youth Guide to Turning Hurt into Hope (Drop a Gem Publishing, 2012).
Anyone who has heard Shaka's story has been moved; and once they read his memoir they are challenged to question every system, from education to corrections, that touches the lives of people all over the country.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14804/attachments/original/1467322152/00_a_shaka.jpg?1467322152
Tamyra has 10 years of youth development experience as an impassioned STEM educator, fueled by an altruistic belief in equity for all learners. Her diverse experience in education spans across classrooms in Dallas, Greece, and Oakland, and includes STEM program and curriculum development as well as teacher leadership and professional development. She is also a featured educator on a Stanford University Massive Open Online Course on formative assessment.
Tamyra holds a BA in Sociology from Howard University and a MS in Mathematics Teaching and Learning from Drexel University. Much of her pedagogical practice has been steeped in effective implementation of technology, informative and rich assessment, and student centered design. She has a natural orientation towards innovation and looks forward to embedding insights gained from her practice as an educator into youth development solutions that extend beyond the STEM classroom into the tech industry.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14801/attachments/original/1467322396/00_a_tamyra.jpg?1467322396
Michelle Romero is the Campaign Director of Green For All's Clean Power Plan campaign. In her role, she works to ensure equity has a front seat in the CPP so that it can become a strong vehicle for addressing both poverty and pollution across the country.
Immediately prior to joining Green For All, Michelle worked in the Issues Management and Policy Analysis unit for the President of the University of California system Janet Napolitano. She also spent five years at the Greenlining Institute, leading state strategy to ensure communities of color have a voice in the major decisions that affect their lives. Among her major accomplishments, includes an unprecedented statewide civic engagement campaign to engage people of color in California's 2011 redistricting process and activating and leading a 501c4 organization alongside 501c3 strategies.
Michelle has published research on barrier to voting advised state and local government agencies about effective practices for engaging communities of color in decision-making processes, wrote and lobbied for legislation, and helped catalyze a shift in the election policy community to design programs that are user-centered from the outset.
Michelle's work has been featured in the SF Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, KQED, ABC News, La Opinion, and many other media outlets. Michelle holds a B.A from the University of California at Santa Cruz.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14805/attachments/original/1467323123/00_a_MichelleRomero_headshot.jpg?1467323123
Kim builds and manages relationships with the Administration, Congress, and with national environmental and progressive organizations and coalitions. She also helps shape the organization's national policy agenda. Prior to this role, she served as an executive aide and program associate for the organization. Kim attended Fort Valley State University and received her B.A. in Mass Communications. She has spent the majority of her career assisting children and families as a parent educator and later as a program manager and training director for resource centers in the Maryland Child Care Resource Network. She is passionate about making sure children are in a safe environment and families have access to available local, state and federal resources. Kim also enjoys photography and reading and is an avid walker.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14802/attachments/original/1467322780/00_a_photo_knoble.png?1467322780
Kalia Lydgate is Dream Corps' Senior Strategist for Creative Engagement and is part of the #LoveArmy team. 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://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14816/attachments/original/1485178308/kalia.png?1485178308
Josh is Director of Field Strategy for Green For All where he works to mobilize people and partners for equitable climate policy. Josh previously served as Director of Field Marketing for home energy solutions provider, Next Step Living, where he led a 130 person team enrolling 1700 residents per month in solar and energy efficiency services. As Campaign Manager for Green For All in 2008 and 2009 Josh coordinated the first national day of action for green jobs, with nearly 700 events in all 50 states. Josh co-founded Energy Action Coalition, the first national student and youth alliance on clean energy. Josh is a pasta-loving, karaoke-singing dad with a passion for bringing together unlikely allies to build more livable, just, and joyful communities.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14807/attachments/original/1468886715/00_a_josh_lynh.jpg?1468886715
Dave Williams combines renewable technology and finance with a passion for transformative energy markets. Mr. Williams currently serves as Solar Guru for USAID’s Caribbean Clean Energy Program, Senior Fellow for UC Berkeley’s Renewable Appropriate Energy Laboratory, and Chief Executive Officer of dissigno. Mr. Williams has particular concentration in technology, finance, and enterprise development in mature and emerging markets. He has found, led, and divested solar development businesses around the world. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow with the US State Department’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas where he advised government and private developers in Latin America on transitioning to generation from renewable energy and developing finance options. Mr. Williams was selected as one of Time Magazine's Innovators of the Year for work on refrigeration in emerging tropical markets. Mr. Williams has leveraged technical expertise to attract financing and set the landscape for adoption of renewables. He has been a technical solar advisor for US Department of State, merit reviewer for the US Department of Energy's SunShot program, technical reviewer for Sandia National Laboratory, solar advisor for USAID's Private Finance Advisory Network for Asia, and contributor to National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Previously, he oversaw technology, risk and development investment strategies for a US development fund as Chief Risk Officer. He was Chief Technical Officer for a Central European solar development. As VP of Risk & Asset Management, his team constructed and operated over 50 solar parks in a wide range of technologies. Mr. Williams has been involved in developing renewable energy projects in the Caribbean, Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. He serves on several boards with an emphasis on energy access in off-grid markets around the world.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14800/attachments/original/1484340120/dave_williams.png?1484340120
Michael was sentenced to adult prison as a young person. At 15 he was told that he had no hope of changing and would spend the rest of his life in prison serving a life sentence. Through redemption, education, family support, and smart policy (SB 260), Michael would demonstrate his transformation after 17 years and prove that we can safely reduce our prison population.
Prior to joining #cut50, Michael worked at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice as a case manager. He worked with families and at-risk-youth on probation to provide wrap around services and help bridge gaps to their needs. As a member of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, he collaboratively works with a group of members who were also formerly incarcerated or impacted by the criminal justice system to build safe neighborhoods and policy that promotes equity. In addition to working on several campaign steering committees on smart policy, he also conducts workshops for people who are currently incarcerated. His work within the walls of confinement provide hope and resources that will help them regain their humanity within our societies.
In 2017, Michael will have completed his B.A. in political science at San Francisco State University and will continue to pursue a higher education.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14813/attachments/original/1485236923/temp_headshot.png?1485236923
Matt is an Oakland native with a passion for making change work for more people in our society. Previously, he worked at Code for America, an innovative tech nonprofit which believes that government can work by the people, for the people in the 21st century. There, he successfully led the charge for many successfully funded initiatives, including the 2015 Google Impact Challenge. He got his start in Development at Hack the Hood, an award-winning youth tech nonprofit which provides social entrepreneurship training for underserved youth in the Bay Area. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Santa Cruz.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14814/attachments/original/1467321824/00_a_mboitano.jpg?1467321824
Augusta "Gus” Alexander is executive assistant to Van, working in the Dream Corps Office of the President (or, “Team Van”).
Gus graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), with a BA in Community Studies and Politics and a focus in public health. She came to us after working with a health equity research and advocacy group called Human Impact Partners (HIP), in Oakland, focusing on the social determinants of health. There, she developed an interest in research ethics, specifically research for social justice. Learning from the great researchers at HIP and pulling from the structural-level thinking of Community Studies (questions of power and position), Gus devoted her final university work to researching the historical implications – the beautiful and the ugly effects – that outside researchers can have on communities of people that they’re not intimately connected with.
Gus’ experience includes work with the California Rural Legal Assistance in Watsonville; two years as co-chair of an international clean-water organization; and four years as an active member of the UCSC African Student Union, where (as a white woman) her understanding of race and racism in the US was transformed. Gus is one of the three recipients of the 2016 UCSC Herman Blake Award for "outstanding scholarship and deep commitment to service and social justice." She is determined to approach the rest of her work with the same (and even deeper) type of heart, reflexivity, and active listening that got her to this opportune position.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14811/attachments/original/1484342315/gus_headshots.png?1484342315
Ebony is an organizer and activist with a passion for movements built from the ground up. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, where she focused on the interactions between law enforcement and communities of color. At the same time, Ebony connected her passion for the arts to her interest in social justice by interning at the Stanford Institute of Diversity in the Arts, and organized an exhibition of original social justice artwork from the 60s and 70s. She also wrote for the Stanford Arts Review, and helped organize creative writing workshops for other students. Since graduation, Ebony has kept active by assisting in legal clinics and connecting to the local co-op movement.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14799/attachments/original/1485237016/temp_headshot.png?1485237016
Roger is a Bay Area native with a passion for helping the underserved. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with honors and subsequently earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Prior to The Dream Corps, Roger worked at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Office of the Medical Director, where he coordinated the Human Subjects Research Committee, supported the Countywide implementation of an electronic health record system, and worked toward hope, wellness, and recovery for all Angelenos suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. Roger has written for the City of Los Angeles, and has also published research in the Californian Journal of Health Promotion. Roger loves coffee, music, Bay Area sports teams, and staying active.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14803/attachments/original/1468870546/Roger_%281%29.jpg?1468870546
An expert generalist with 20 years of experience managing projects & logistics for different organizations, Cricket is ideally suited to assist with the foundational details that keep Dream Corps running smoothly.
Cricket offers daily support to the Chief of Staff and Director of External Relations maintaining the President's calendar, and also supports all staff with events and travel logistics.
She is devoted to people, creating music, dancing, and working with positive focus to make beautiful things happen in the world.
Jenna is a digital storyteller using her passion for media and design to catalyze social movements. Jenna holds a B.A. in Public Relations & Advertising from DePaul University where she focused her studies in both Latino Media and Community Service Studies. During her collegiate career, she founded the university's first Latino journalists organization to increase support of Latino student journalists at DePaul and beyond. Prior to working in the Bay Area, Jenna helped developed and facilitate after-school programs in underserved Chicago Public Schools. An avid writer, Jenna’s article's and stories have appeared on Univision.com, Joblogues, Wellness Matters, and the Latino Policy Forum.https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rebuildthedream/pages/14798/attachments/original/1468886927/jenna_headshot.png?1468886927