Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Internet mogul Steve Jobs, is fast becoming a dynamic American business woman. She was recently ranked 29th on Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women list for 2014.
Laurene Jobs shares a philosophy espoused by many people, including Oprah Winfrey, that we are here on Planet Earth to do as much as we can for as many as we can as often as we can as quietly as we can.
As co-founder of Emerson Collective, Jobs works tirelessly to advance this entities mission dedicated to social entrepreneurship, immigration reform, educational advancement and social justice. The fact that this organization maintains a non-tax exempt status acts as a shroud allowing philanthropic funding to occur behind the scenes as opposed to foundations which, by law, must disclose all funding sources and expenditures.
This unsung, private, non-publicity seeker was recently touted for her endeavors to insure Emerson’s capacity to channel investments and grants for educational improvement and to focus on teachers and their efforts in classrooms around the globe.
Founded in 1997, College Track is an outgrowth of Emerson. This after-school program focuses on low-income high school youth and their dreams to pursue a college education. The primary goal of College Track is to assist undocumented, foreign-born young people who are otherwise deemed ineligible for federal and state scholarship and tuition assistance programs.
Ms. Jobs serves as a patron of Dream Act, an ordinance designed to provide a legal pathway for these aforementioned youth. She is credited with having tapped the talents of documentary film giant, David Guggenheim to bring this issue to center stage via a 30-minute presentation entitled “The Dream Is Now” that is available for online viewing.
As a champion of African causes, Laurene Jobs accompanied Hollywood legend Ben Aflack to The Congo and later visited Botswana to further educational opportunities and life-betterment.
As a stepping stone to College Track, New Schools Venture Fund , patronized by Ms. Jobs,, has a goal to close the achievement gap for English as a Second Languaage students at the elementay and middle school level. NSVF assists educators to use grading online software and with the development and implementation of cyberspace teaching tools.
Ms. Jobs’ seat on the Udacity Advisory Board stands as one more proof of her dedication to education. Udacity is one of many college online programs. According to 2012 statistics, 42 percent of the student body was composed of U.S-born citizens.
On the political scenario, Laurene Powell Jobs is quickly becoming highly-regarded and recognized on The Hill and in other Washington, D.C., sites for her sanctioning of Democratic initiatives including Obamacare and Obama Immigration Reform. According to Politico, Ms. Jobs is a super-PAC donor for the “Ready for Hillary” pre-presidential campaign activities. Official records indicate that she recently made a maximum $25,000 contribution to this effort.
During a Spring 2013 interview with Brian Williams, Ms. Jobs spoke about immigration issues and their impact on the future of applicants qualified for Dream Act assistance. At one point, Ms. Jobs voiced comments made by an un-named lawmaker who said he could not support any policy that would have denied his grandparents the right to immigrate into the American, “The Land of Opportunity.”