Van Jones Education Background: From Tennessee to Yale Law School

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Van Jones Education background.

Van Jones, originally known as Anthony Kapel Jones, is a well-known American lawyer, journalist, author, and political commentator.

He hails from Jackson, Tennessee, in the United States.

Born on September 20, 1968, Van Jones is currently in his mid-fifties.

He has received several awards for his work in the media, including an Emmy Award, and is a three-time best-selling author.


He is also known for his work in social justice advocacy, environmentalism, and criminal justice reform. 

Van Jones education background

Born on September 20, 1968, in Jackson, Tennessee, Jones graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Science in communication and political science, and later attended Yale Law School, where he became involved in activism. 

Van Jones career

He co-founded several non-profit organizations, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and the Dream Corps, which operates three advocacy initiatives: Dream Corps Justice, Dream Corps Tech, and Green for All.

Jones served as President Barack Obama’s Special Advisor for Green Jobs in 2009 and was a distinguished visiting fellow at Princeton University. 

He has also hosted or co-hosted several CNN shows, including Crossfire, The Messy Truth, and The Van Jones Show, and authored three New York Times best-selling books: The Green Collar Economy, Rebuild the Dream, and Beyond the Messy Truth. 

Served President Trump 

Jones worked with the Trump administration and members of Congress from both parties to pass the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform effort, and was formerly the CEO of the REFORM Alliance, an initiative founded by Jay-Z and Meek Mill to transform the criminal justice system.

The work of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Kennedys had a significant impact on Jones as he was growing up in an educational family. 

He developed an interest in activism during law school, where he participated in protests against police brutality.

Van Jones the activist 

Jones co-founded a socialist collective called Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM) in San Francisco, where he also founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and initiated the Bay Area PoliceWatch project, a lawyer-referral service for victims of police abuse. 

Jones later became involved in environmentalism, advocating for green jobs and a “green economy” in his book, The Green Collar Economy.

Life after Obama 

After leaving the Obama administration, Van Jones became a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and received appointments at Princeton University. 

He continued advocating for green jobs and launched the Rebuild the Dream campaign to counter the Tea Party movement. 

Jones also founded Advocates for Opioid Recovery and served on the boards of various environmental and nonprofit organizations. 

He worked as a co-host for CNN’s Crossfire and launched The Messy Truth and The Van Jones Show. 

Jones also advised the Trump White House on police reform policy, leading to criticism from liberals. 

He is currently the President of The Dream Corps and owns Magic Labs Media. 

Jones has faced criticism for his support of Mumia Abu-Jamal and for his alleged conflict of interest for running a PR firm that lobbies electoral college electors not to cast their vote for Donald Trump.

Van Jones Biography 

Name  Anthony Kapel “Van” Jones
Date of Birth September 20, 1968, in Jackson, Tennessee, United States
Nationality  American
Spouse  Jana Carter
Profession News and political commentator, author, and lawyer.
Net Worth $5 Million


Van Jones Wife: Does Van Jones have a wife?

Van Jones was previously married to Jana Carter in 2005.

Jana is an American activist, entrepreneur, and former attorney.

Unfortunately, the couple got divorced in 2019.

Van Jones Children

Van Jones is a proud father of three children.

Jones had two sons with his ex-wife Jana.

More recently, he had a daughter with his friend Noemi who he agreed to co-parent with.

Van Jones Parents

Van Jones was born to Loretta Jean, his mother, who was a high school teacher, and Willy Anthony Jones, his father, who was a middle school principal.

Van Jones Siblings

Van Jones has a twin sister named Angela.

They were very close growing up and Angela described Jones as a stereotypical geek who was bookish and bizarre.

Van Jones Net Worth

Van Jones has an estimated net worth of $5 million, earned through his political career and other jobs.

Van Jones Instagram

To view Jones’s profile on Instagram, visit @vanjones68.