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Van Jones is the founding director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Founded in 1996 and named for an unsung civil rights heroine, the Center seeks to replace the U.S. incarceration industry with youth opportunities and community-based solutions. In 2002, the Center’s “Books Not Bars Campaign” helped stop the construction of a costly and controversial “Super-Jail” for Oakland’s youth.
Van is also an advocate for the environment and for responsible business. He serves on numerous governing boards, including: “Rainforest Action Network”, WITNESS”, “Bioneers”, the “New Apollo Project” and the “Social Venture Network”. Van’s efforts have earned him many honors, including the Reebok International Human Rights Award, the Ashoka Fellowship, and the Rockefeller Foundation “Next Generation Leadership” Fellowship.
Source-Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/contributors/bio.php?nick=van-jones&name=Van+Jones