Laurene Powell Jobs
Born Laurene Powell
1963/1964 (age 47–48)
Residence Palo Alto, California, United States
Occupation Co-Founder of Terravera and serves on the board of directors of Achieva
Spouse Steve Jobs
(m. 1991–2011, his death)
Children 3 -- Reed, Erin, Eve
Jobs turned her attention to non-profit entrepreneurship, focusing on education, women’s human rights, and the arts. As of 2011, she sits on the boards of directors of Teach for America; Global Fund for Women; KQED (PBS); EdVoice; New America Foundation; Stanford Schools Corporation; New Schools Venture Fund. She also sits on the advisory board of Stanford Graduate School of Business.
In 1997, Powell Jobs and Carlos Watson co-founded College Track, a nonprofit organization in East Palo Alto with a mission of improving high school graduation, college enrollment, and college graduation rates for "under-resourced" communities--students of color and from low-income families."Everybody graduates from high school and continues with their education," Powell Jobs has said in interviews. Of College Track's high school graduates, 90 percent have gone to four-year colleges and 70 percent have finished college within six years, which is 46 percentage points higher than the national average for first-generation students. College Track has grown slowly. It currently operates in East Palo Alto, San Francisco, Oakland, and New Orleans. "We have a wait list of five cities where we’d like to open up centers," Powell Jobs has said. "We want to keep our standards high, though, and are reluctant to grow through franchising or through dissemination of our curriculum and training.
Jobs was appointed by President Obama in December 2010 to be a Member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, which is charged with advising the President on the best ways to help communities across America solve important social challenges around education and job creation. The White House Council is Chaired by former Gates Foundation CEO Patty Stonesifer and also includes singer Jon Bon Jovi, EBay CEO John Donahoe and President of the Rockefeller Foundation Judith Rodin