Laurene Powell Jobs

Founder and president of Emerson Collective

Laurene Powell Jobs is the founder and president of Emerson Collective, an organisation committed to the ideal that everyone ought to have the chance to live to their full potential. Key Emerson Collective projects include improving US schools, advocating for immigration reform, and collaborating with partners who are creating innovative ways to improve social and economic mobility. In 1997, she founded College Track, which partners with disadvantaged high-school students for success in college.

She holds a BA and a BSE from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and began her career in investment banking before starting a natural foods company. She was married to the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of the Apple technology company.