Jana Carter – Van Jones’ wife

Jana Carter

Jana Carter is the wife of CNN political contributor and attorney, Van Jones. Her hubby may have made a few teary eye after speaking about Trump’s win.

A clearly emotional Van Jones, described Trump’s lead as a “white-lash” against President Barack Obama on Thursday night, as it became more and more clear Trump had won.

Jana’s hubby is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy. Van Jones is the founder and president of the Dream Corps and a NY best selling author.

Jones has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice. He is the author of Green Collar Economy & Rebuild The Dream.

The Tennesee native grew up with a twin sister named Angela. He is the son of a high school teacher mother and a junior high principal, father.

He holds a B.S. in communication and political science from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He then went on to attend Yale Law School. In 1993, he graduated and moved to San Francisco.

The 48-year-old has been widely recognized though out his career. He was recognized as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in 2004. Fast Company called Jones one of the “12 Most Creative Minds in 2008. The following year Time Mag called him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Both Van jones and his wife have political ties.


Jane Michelle Carter is the daughter of William Alton “Billy” Carter III. Her late father was a farmer, businessman, and politician. Carter promoted Billy Beer, and was a candidate for Mayor of Plains, Georgia.

He was also the younger brother of former US president Jimmy Carter.

That makes Jana Carter, the niece of James Earl “Jimmy” Carter Jr. –who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981.

Jana Carter is one of six children to Billy Carter and wife, Sybil Spires. Her siblings include: Kim, William, Marle, Mandy and Earl.

Jana Carter holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley’s School of Law. She served as the Director of Search for Common Ground’s USA Racial Healing program. She is a board member of The Garden Church.

The wife and mom of two enjoyed running marathons and mountain climbing at a younger age.

Van Jones spoke about white wife in the past saying:

She is a power tools kind of girl, very independent, which makes it a little easier for her,”  “She’s not sitting there waiting for me to fix the plumbing. She’s very resourceful.”

Jana Carter and Van Jones are the proud parents of two children, sons: Mattai and Cabral.

The couple resides in California with their two sons.


You can find Jana Carter on Twitter here.