April 05, 2012 15:22 ET

Van Jones on "Taking Back the American Dream" at The Commonwealth Club

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 5, 2012) - Van Jones, recipient of INFORUM'S 21st Century Visionary Award in 2010, is back for more at The Commonwealth Club. Well-known for his past efforts in the promotion of ecological equality, Jones is slightly switching gears; he's the man behind the movement to "take back the American Dream" and create 10 million well-paying jobs. While certainly not a novice to The Commonwealth Club, having been interviewed here last summer, Jones has reworked his game plan and released a new book, Rebuild The Dream, so INFORUM is thrilled to host him on April 17th at The Club, to get a glimpse of how his plot for change has since thickened.

Jones' innovative approach to issues surrounding both the environment and low-income communities have earned him widespread recognition, having been named 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009 by Time Magazine and 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done by Rolling Stone. Former advisor to President Barack Obama, he worked with various "agencies and departments to advance the administration's climate and energy initiatives, with a special focus on improving vulnerable communities."

Caroline Moriarity Sacks, Director of INFORUM and moderator of April 17th's conversation, stated, "Van Jones has constantly been at the forefront for new projects to impact communities in need. He is still keeping this former direction in mind, with a new focus on economic reform -- a prevalent topic which is on the minds of many."

Prior to working for the Obama administration in his newly created position Special Advisor for Green Jobs, he founded three non-profits, including The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, working towards alternatives to violence, Color for Change, an advocacy group for African Americans, and Green For All, dedicated to green economy initiatives for poverty-stricken communities.

Best-selling author of The Green Collar Economy, released in 2008, Jones' will again use the power of print in his call to arms for society's most pressing issues. Rebuild the Dream, which hit stores yesterday, "reflects on his journey from grassroots outsider to White House Insider" and proposes a platform for "people-powered innovations to get the U.S. economy working for 100% of Americans."

In this book, Jones will, for the first time, share the inside scoop of his time in government, "What I saw when I was there, and after, is this massive misunderstanding between the insiders in that building, the insiders in D.C., and the outsiders that help to elect those folks, and huge missed opportunities for positive change."

This green economy pioneer cooked up a revolution to tackle the world's oldest affliction -- inequality -- with the planet's freshest movement -- the Green Wave. Jones is now rejecting the fashionable mantra of cut-backs and austerity and making the case for public policies and investments to rebuild our economy. With his book fresh off the printing block, come hear further reflections from Van Jones himself, and share your feedback. Don't miss out on this gripping conversation, followed by a book signing.

The program takes place in the Blue Room at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Tuesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. PT. For more information and to register for tickets, call (415)-597-6705 or register online at

Van Jones will also be speaking in the Silicon Valley at Adobe Systems, 345 Park Ave, San Jose on Monday April 16, at 7:00 p.m. PT. For more information and to register for tickets, call (415)-597-6705 or register online at


The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum -- since 2002, INFORUM, a division of The Club created by and for people in their 20s and 30s, has spent the past decade stirring things up with a mission to inspire debate around civic issues. INFORUM has played host to a variety of ingenious speakers, with upcoming guests like Van Jones and Rachel Maddow, and has reached beyond the traditional model, presenting events that range anywhere from spirits tasting to an exploration of the revolutionary music scene with the founder of Burning Man.

Contact Information

  • Media interested in attending should please RSVP to:

    Caroline Moriarity Sacks
    INFORUM Director
    (415) 597-6719
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    Enies Burton
    INFORUM Public Relations Chair
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