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Laurene Powell Jobs      

Founder & Chair of Emerson Collective; President of the Board at College Track

Laurene Powell Jobs is founder and chair of Emerson Collective, an organization focused on harnessing the potential of individuals from underserved communities to help them build a better life. The Collective supports social entrepreneurs and organizations working in the areas of education, social justice and conservation. It primarily advocates on behalf of underserved students.

Powell Jobs also serves as president of the board of College Track, an after-school program she founded in 1997 to prepare underserved high school students for success in college. Started in East Palo Alto, College Track has expanded to serve students in Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans and Aurora, Colorado. The program's intensive academic and extracurricular program is designed to ensure admittance to and graduation from college. All of the program's graduates have completed their secondary education and gone on to college.

In addition to her work with the Emerson Collective and College Track, she serves on the boards of directors of NewSchools Venture Fund, New America Foundation and Conservation International. She also serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Powell Jobs holds a BA and a BSE from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Earlier in her career, she spent several years working in investment banking and later co-founded a natural foods company in California.

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It’s a short drive from the well-known Palo Alto to the less well-known one—a trip Laurene Powell Jobs has been making for more than 20 years. “It won’t take long,” she tells me as she pulls her Tesla away from her education-reform organization, Emerson Collective. She named it for the famous Transcendentalist, in large part because she has a thing for the Transcendentalists, Ralph Waldo Emerson in particular. “So there’s Emerson’s idea of self-reliance,” she says as we turn onto University Drive, heading north. Self-reliance is a big theme for her, given how she grew up, in rural New Jersey; given how far she’s come. “I’ve always had this idea that you have to make the most of things,” she says. “And then collective because I wanted the idea that you achieve your goals with people, because good ideas come from a lot of places.”

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