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Van Jones, political activist, commentator, author and attorney

Van Jones is a civil rights leader, former Obama White House advisor, and CNN political correspondent. He is the Founder and President of Dream Corps  an incubator, platform and home for world-changing initiatives that empower the most vulnerable in our society. The Dream Corps three programs, #cut50, #YesWeCode, and Green For All, work to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity.

A Yale-educated attorney, Mr. Jones has written two New York Times bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives. Over the past two decades, he has founded four thriving social enterprises, advancing solutions to some of America’s toughest economic and environmental problems. In 2009, Mr. Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending
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Brian Payne, executive director of the Central Indiana Community Foundation

Brian Payne is President and CEO of the $725 million Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and The Indianapolis Foundation. Since he joined CICF in November 2000, the Foundation’s annual grantmaking has doubled to almost $50 million. The Foundation has a major focus on developing, attracting and retaining highly educated, creative, entrepreneurial and community minded people. Mr. Payne is the Founder/Leader of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail:  A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick, a $63 million dollar, eight-mile, beautifully designed and landscaped pedestrian and bicycle pathway that connects every significant arts, cultural, heritage, sports and entertainment venue in Indianapolis' dynamic downtown. It was created by taking a lane of traffic away from cars and dedicating it to people on foot, bikes, Segways and wheelchairs.  The national consulting firm, Project for Public Spaces chose the Indianapolis Cultural Trail as the best North American example of a big, bold, transformative project that is changing the way we think of cities and city life.  

 

Seleta Reynolds, general manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Seleta Reynolds is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Ms. Reynolds is responsible for implementing Great Streets for Los Angeles, a plan to reduce traffic fatalities, double the number of people riding bikes, and expand access to integrated transportation choices for Angelinos and the region. Ms. Reynolds has over 18 years of transportation experience throughout the United States. She has advised transportation technology companies like WalkScore, contributed to the state-of-the-practice as a Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Board Member, mentored young professionals through Women’s Transportation Seminar, and nurtured research on Transportation Research Board committees. Ms. Reynolds serves as the President of the National Association for City Transportation Officials.

 

John Burke, president, Trek Bicycle Company

John Burke began working at Trek Bicycle in 1984 and has been president of the company since 1997. In addition to leading Trek, Mr. Burke served as chairman of President George W. Bush’s President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and is a founding member of PeopleForBikes. Mr. Burke is an avid cyclist, runner, and a published author. His most recent book, 12 Simple Solutions to Save America, was released in June of 2016. John and his wife, Tania, live in Madison, Wisconsin.
 




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