Laurene Powell Jobs is well known for her work in supporting social entrepreneurs who have a passion for immigration reform, education, conservation and social justice. She is also the president of the Board of College Track. Created in 1997, College Track is a program that helps underrepresented high school students pursue college success. Originally launched in East Palo Alto, the program now serves students in San Francisco, New Orleans, Oakland, Los Angeles and Aurora, Colorado.
Laurene Powell Jobs also serves on other prominent boards such as the New Schools Venture Fund, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Chairman’s Advisory board of the Council of Foreign Relations, Stanford University and Conservation International.
An Impressive Background
Success leaves clues! Laurene Powell Jobs has an impressive background. As a native of New Jersey, she earned her keep early on in investment banking. From there, she earned her M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. While she has always been at her late husband’s side, she has always followed her own agenda. With an estimated net worth of $11.7 billion, she is a powerhouse that demands respect.
Laurene Powell Jobs Today
Having evolved from a supporting player in her husband’s massive shadow, she has emerged into a public figure who’s willing to voice her opinion on hot-button public issues. Washington has perked its ears and people on Capitol Hill are taking notice. Her profile with respect high-profile policy matters is increasing.
Laurene Powell Jobs, over the past several years, has boosted her impact as a political donor. She has donated to causes that address school reform and given to campaigns that endorse democratic candidates. She has also engaged in lobbying efforts to change laws concerning immigration reform. Immigration reform is a hot topic for companies hoping to tap the talent pool of more high-skilled workers.
Where she ends up on the world’s stage is anyone’s guess. Philanthropy is a part of her heart and soul, and she wields tremendous influence on causes that address access to affordable education and immigration reform. With her impressive business acumen, social status and emerging political connections, the world is her oyster.