|Laurene Powell Jobs|
Chair and Co-founder
Ms. 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.
Ms. 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 programʼs 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.
"Much of my work as a board member is to tell the College Track story to potential funders and to members of our community, so that we can bring our programs to more students. I am energized and inspired by our students, our staff, and our volunteers—and it's their stories and their passion that I communicate."