Who is Van Jones?
Van Jones is a lawyer, author, and political and news commentator. He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author for his books; The Green Collar Economy, Rebuild the Dream, Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together.
Jones is a host and contributor at CNN frequently appearing on the network’s various programming. He has also founded several non-profit organizations committed to social and environmental justice including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Rebuild the Dream.
Van Jones Law Firm
Jones practices law through the many non-profit organizations that he has founded. He founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in 1996 to fight for justice, peace in urban America and to fight police brutality.
In 2005, he founded Color of Change together with James Rucker to address Black issues. As described on their website ColorOfChange.org, the organization seeks to strengthen Black America’s political voice.
The Dream Corps
In 2015, Jones together with Jessica Jackson, and Matt Haney co-founded Dream Corps to address mass incarceration, climate change, and poverty. The organization advocates for new legislation, creating green jobs, and teaching low-income children how to code.
Dream Corps has since birthed other organizations which further advocate for justice, innovation, and empowerment in the US. Jones and his fellow co-founders ten formed #cut50 which focuses on bipartisan solutions to criminal justice reform issues.
#cut50 has received celebrity support over the years such as Amy Schumer, Steph Curry, Edward Norton, Jesse Williams, Chris Pine, and Russell Simmons among others. The Dream Corps also formed #YesWeCode which aimed at low-income children to write code.
Van Jones REFORM Alliance
Jones was named the CEO of REFORM Alliance in 2019. REFORM Alliance is an initiative dedicated to probation, parole, and sentencing reform in the United States through legislation and lobbying. It was founded by JAY Z, Meek Mill, Michael G. Rubin, Clara Wu Tsai, and Daniel Loeb.
Van Jones CNN
Jones joined CNN in 2013. He was named the co-host of Crossfire, the CNN political debate show alongside Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, and S.E. Cupp. He then launched a news feature documentary series called The Messy Truth in 2016 which was later followed by a discussion series show called The Messy Truth with Van Jones.
In 2018, his newly launched show The Van Jones Show was graced by Jay Z as his first guest. In 2019, he launched The Redemption Project with Van Jones, a show focused on restorative justice and bringing “offenders face to face with the people most affected by their violent crimes.”
Van Jones Wife
Jones was married to Jana Carter for over 13 years. They got married in 2005 and ended their marriage in September 2018 when Carter filed for a divorce. Their divorce was finalized in 2019. As the news of his divorce surfaced, he wrote on his Instagram that “Divorce means the end of a marriage, not the end of a family. #FamilyForever.”
Later in a statement with People, Jones revealed that even though they decided to end their marriage, they still love each other very much. ‘We will continue raising our kids together, running our businesses together, and supporting each other’s growth. There is no beef or drama – just evolution.”
Jana Carter and Jones have two sons together called Mattai and Cabral. They continue to co-parent their kids as they have joint legal and physical custody.
In early 2022, Jones revealed that he welcomed a baby girl with his longtime friend Noemi Zamacona. He shared that they will be raising their baby girl as co-parenting partners. “This is a special time for our families. I feel grateful, joyful, and blessed. As we create a safe and loving environment for this blessed young soul, I respectfully ask for privacy. Thank you for all the love and support.”
Van Jones Background
Jones is the son of Loretta Jean and Willie Anthony Jones. His mother was a high school teacher while his father was a middle school principal. Jones (born Anthony Kapel Jones) was raised alongside his twin sister Angela in Jackson, Tennessee.
Van Jones Degrees
Jones studied at Jackson Central-Merry High School and later joined the University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in communication and political science. He then joined Yale Law School in Connecticut and graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1993.
Van Jones Salary 2022
Jones earns an estimated annual salary of $1 million as a host and political commentator at CNN.
Jones is estimated to be worth $5 million.
What type of lawyer is Van Jones?
As an educated attorney, Jones has worked with different organizations to fight for justice, and equality, address mass incarceration, end police brutality, and empower the black community.
Where did Van Jones go to law school?
Jones studied at Yale Law School where he graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1993.
Who is Van Jones partner?
Jones was married to attorney Jana Carter for over 13 years until their divorce in 2019.
How much does Van Jones make a year?
Jones makes an annual salary of $1 million as a CNN host and commentator. He earns from sales of his books and as an attorney.