Breaking News: Van Jones at ASU+GSV!

April 2, 2024

U.S. media personality, entrepreneur, and world-class change-maker Van Jones will join the ASU+GSV Summit for a special keynote on Tuesday, April 16th!

Van Jones has a rare track record of bringing people together to do hard things – in areas as diverse as clean energy solutions, criminal justice reform, and racial inclusion in the tech sector. In 2007, Jones was the primary champion of the Green Jobs Act, signed into law by George W. Bush. In 2009, he worked in the Obama White House as the Special Advisor for Green Jobs. In 2018, he helped pass the FIRST STEP Act – which the New York Times calls the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation. In 2021, Jones was the first recipient of Jeff Bezos’ Courage & Civility Award. In 2023, Jones and co-hosted the Make Wakanda Real event, a gathering of creatives, entrepreneurs, and innovators dedicated to leveraging AI for creativity and entrepreneurship that works for everyone, especially communities that have traditionally been underestimated and overlooked.

Over the past 25 years, Van has founded and led many successful social enterprises, including REFORM Alliance, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, Green For All and Dream.Org. He worked with Prince to launch #YesWeCode (now called Dream.TECH) to get jobs in the tech sector for scores of low-opportunity young people.

Van Jones is the epitome of the determined, collaborative, and entrepreneurial leader that this year’s “Here Comes the Sun” theme celebrates. We can’t wait to welcome him to StageX in just two weeks!