Title: Special Adviser for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality
Appointed: March 2009
Rose from the Oakland, Calif., grassroots organizing scene to become a leader in the national movement to spur the green economy.
Started his career as a prison-reform advocate in Oakland lobbying for reform of the juvenile justice system and youth-violence prevention programs.
Co-founded a socialist collective, Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM, in 1994, which held study groups on the theories of Marx and Lenin and dreamed of a multiracial socialist utopia. The group protested police brutality.
Co-founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in 1996 and Color of Change in 2005, which includes Bay Area Police Watch, a group devoted to "protect(ing) the community from police misconduct."
Founded Green For All, an organization focused on creating green jobs in impoverished areas.
Published New York Times bestseller, "The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems," in October 2008.
Has law degree from Yale University.
Worked on the Green Jobs Act in 2007 with then-Rep. Hilda Solis, D-Calif., who co-sponsored the bill in the House.
Was arrested in San Francisco in 1992 after a protest march that followed the acquittal of police officers in the Rodney King beating. Jones was working with the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco.
Was arrested in the 1999 Seattle protests against the World Trade Organization
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