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Van Jones Appointed Green Jobs, Innovation Adviser

DINA CAPPIELLO   03/ 9/09 10:55 PM ET   AP

Van Jones

WASHINGTON — Author and activist Van Jones will be a special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation in the Obama administration.

Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a release Monday that Jones will start work next week to help direct the administration's efforts to create jobs and help the environment. Sutley said Jones will work on "vulnerable communities."

Jones founded Green for All, a national organization that promises environmentally friendly jobs to help lift people out of poverty. He wrote the New York Times best-seller "The Green Collar Economy."

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