Host and CNN Commentator
Van Jones is host of The Van Jones Show and a CNN political commentator, regularly appearing across the network's programming and special political coverage.
Van Jones is a CNN political commentator, regularly appearing across the network's programming and special political coverage. He is host of The Van Jones Show, which airs every other Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET and features political and cultural guests and raw conversations with Americans from across the country and political spectrum. He is also host of the eight-part CNN Original Series, The Redemption Project with Van Jones, which offers a rare glimpse into the restorative justice process. In addition, Jones is the CEO of REFORM Alliance, a new criminal justice initiative aimed at reforming the probation and parole system in America alongside founding partners that include recording artist Meek Mill, 76ers co-owner and Fanatics executive chairman Michael Rubin, Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter, as well as other business leaders and sports team owners.
Jones has been a leader in the fight for criminal justice reform for more than 25 years. He has founded and led many thriving social enterprises, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and the Dream Corps. The Dream Corps is a social justice accelerator that houses #YesWeCode, #GreenForAll, and #cut50. The #cut50 initiative recently led the successful fight to pass the FIRST STEP Act (a bipartisan Federal bill that the New York Times calls the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation).
Jones is a Yale-educated attorney, who has taught at Princeton University and is a former MIT Media Lab fellow. He is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, The Green Collar Economy (2008), Rebuild the Dream (2012), and Beyond the Messy Truth (2017). In 2009, Jones worked as the Green Jobs Advisor to the Obama White House; in that role, he helped to lead the inter-agency process that oversaw an $80 billion dollar investment in training and jobs development within the environmental and green energy sectors.
He has been honored with numerous awards and spotlighted on several lists of high achievers, including the World Economic Forum's "Young Global Leader" designation, Fast Company's 2008 "12 Most Creative Minds On Earth," Rolling Stone's 2012 "12 Leaders Who Get Things Done," Variety's 2018 "New York Power List" and TIME's "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2009.