Jay Z’s Roc Nation has signed Van Jones. Roc Nation will work with the CNN commentator, bestselling author and activist on all aspects of his career. According to the company’s release, Roc Nation will work to amplify the already-excellent advocacy that Van does to improve education, the environment and social justice. This summer and fall, a tour helmed by Van will support initiatives and select local programs. All ticket sales of the soon-to-be announced events will go directly to the designated organizations.
On the partnership, Van Jones commented:
Roc Nation stands for excellence, innovation and impact, and I am proud to join the family. To make positive change in today’s world, we must close the gaps that exist between artists and activists … cultural leaders and political leaders … taste-makers and changemakers. This partnership opens up the opportunity to do that on a global scale. It’s a bold, unprecedented move. And I’m both humbled and excited by the possibilities.
On Van joining Roc Nation, Shawn Carter stated,
Van’s immense capacity for empathy builds bridges. He inspires dialogue and only through conversation and active listening, can true change occur. Roc Nation is honored to support and amplify every initiative.
See more about Van’s background below:
A Yale-educated attorney, Van is perhaps best known as a commentator on CNN, where he hosts “The Messy Truth, with Van Jones.” Van is also the founder and president of the Dream Corps, a nonprofit organization that works to solve America’s toughest problems. Its current initiatives — #cut50, #YesWeCode, and Green For All — create innovative solutions to “close prison doors and open doors of opportunity.” The Dream Corps also supports the #LoveArmy.
Van is set to be the 2017 commencement keynote speaker for Morehouse College. He has garnered honors from the World Economic Forum, TIME’s “100 Most Influential” List and Fast Company. Most recently, he won the 2017 Webby Special Achievement Award for his use of the Internet and social media during the 2016 election, including for his video series “The Messy Truth.”
In October 2017, he will release his third book: Beyond The Messy Truth: How We Came Apart & How We Come Together. Van has already written two New York Times bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives. In 2009, Van worked as the ‘green jobs’ advisor to the Obama White House, where he helped run the interagency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending. He is also a cofounder of numerous social justice organizations, including ColorOfChange.org and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.