An Evening with Van Jones

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An Evening with Van Jones

What does it mean for a community to be healthy? Join the conversation w/ Van Jones, CNN host,, Emmy Award-winning producer & author.

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Lancaster County Convention Center 25 South Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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“In a sane society, common pain should lead to common purpose.” ― Van Jones, Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together

Van Jones is a CNN host, political commentator, Emmy Award-winning producer, and author of three New York Times best-selling books: The Green Collar Economy (2008), Rebuild the Dream (2012) and Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How we Come Together (2017).

Van has also found success as a social entrepreneur, having founded and led many thriving enterprises including the REFORM Alliance, Color of Change, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Dream Corps, which works to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity in the green and tech economies.

In 2009, as the Green Jobs Advisor to the Obama White House, Jones oversaw an $80 billion dollar investment in clean energy jobs.

Jones was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act. Signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007, the Green Jobs Act was the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term "green jobs." During the Obama Administration, the legislation has resulted in $500 million in national funding for green jobs training.

Jones has stewarded several bipartisan legislative and advocacy efforts, racking up wins under the last four US Presidents: Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump. Jones’ most recent victory was advocating successfully for the passage of the FIRST STEP Act, which the New York Times calls the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation.

A Yale-educated attorney, Jones has won numerous awards, including the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation, Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”, TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World”, the 2010 NAACP Image Award, a 2017 WEBBY Special Achievement Award, a 2019 Lumiere Award and a 2020 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program.

Join CHI St. Joseph Children's Health on April 25, 2023, as we welcome Mr. Jones to our Conversations about Healthy Communities series to explore the nature and nurture of healthy communities. Learning from Mr. Jones' experiences, we will discuss his vision of a healthy community, the challenges he has witnessed as communities have worked toward healthier, empowering cultures, the examples of success he has witnessed, and his thoughts on how communities locally, across the United States and throughout the world can strive to create environments where every child, resident and family can thrive.

The ninth installment in the conversation series hosted by CHI St. Joseph Children's Health, Mr. Jones follows previous visits by NBA Hall of Famer Julius "Dr J" Erving, Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, best-selling author Mitch Albom, Ambassador and Human Rights Advocate Samantha Power (virtual), former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, former RNC Chair and Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele, Chef and Humanitarian José Andrés, and American priest, writer and LGBTQ advocate Father James Martin, SJ (virtual).

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Time: 5:30 PM VIP Reception (VIP ticket required); 7:30 PM Conversation

VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to join Ms. Jones in a more intimate setting at a reception preceding the conversation in The Commons on Vine. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Location: Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 S. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.