05/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How Van Jones Put A Green Job In The White House

When he wasn't running his fix-poverty, fix-the-planet nonprofit in Oakland, he was seeding Obama's transition team with ideas for an all-encompassing environmental/labor/energy/economic plan that would push the country toward a green future. After the New Yorker ran a glowing yet thorough profile of Jones in January, his ascendancy was complete. By the time the green-jobs-heavy stimulus bill passed, Jones may as well have been in the White House, since his philosophy had infected the place.

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