Laurene Powell Jobs is founder and president of Emerson Collective. Based in Palo Alto, California, with a strong presence in Oakland, Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC, Emerson Collective uses philanthropy, impact investing, and promoting policy solutions to reimagine some of society’s most calcified systems and create new possibilities for individuals, families, and communities. Emerson’s mission centers on advancing immigration policies, preserving the environment, reenvisioning the future of high school, and ending gun violence in Chicago.
Powell Jobs serves as board chair of the XQ Institute and College Track, a college completion program she founded in 1997 to combat the alarming achievement gap among students of color. She also serves on the Stanford University board of trustees and the board of Chicago CRED. She is co-owner of The Atlantic, Anonymous Content, and Concordia Studio.
Powell Jobs earned her bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.