For a long time, Laurene Powell Jobs was a behind the scenes figure. She gave discreetly to charity and though she came out to support her husband’s endeavors, she was not someone who was terribly well known in public circles. After Steve Jobs death, Laurene Powell Jobs has come out as a force to be reckoned with in both the philanthropic and social arenas. She has used 11 billion dollars she inherited to bring herself into some unique and exciting areas.
Jobs is no stranger to independence and money management. She grew up in New Jersey after receiving a degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After some time spent as a fixed income specialist and at Merrill Lynch Asset Management, she went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business. This is something that has guided Jobs’ work as she has move forward. She has a keen sense of how money works and what good it can do.
Many people were unsurprised when Jobs began to focus more on her work in human rights and education reform. For example, she co-founded the program College Track with journalist and businessman Carlos Watson. This program is designed to help low income and minority teens find their way to college, something that willl help shrink some of the difficulties that they are going to encounter as they move forward with their lives.
The Emerson Collective is a foundation that is meant to work towards a national change in the way we deal with education and immigration, and they put their money into partnerships, grants and investments with individuals and corporations who share their goals. The Dream Is Now is a campaign that was spearheaded by the Emerson Collective that is designed to bring attention and aid to the children of illegal immigrants and undocumented youth, highlighting some of the serious issues in around immigration in the United States.
While Steve Jobs was very clear on his distaste for politics and for politicians, it is clear that his widow does not share his views. Her interests in politics at this point are very clear, and she has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with as her campaigns move forward. Perhaps most significantly, she has become the biggest donor to the PAC Ready for Hillary, devoted to supporting the former First Lady’s run for president in 2016. She takes a keep interest in fundraising and in vocally supporting her causes.
Her role in politics at this point is evenly split between that of a donor, a fundraiser and an activist, and there are many ways that she should go if she would bend her formidable resources to the task. She is committed to her work with education and immigration work, and she has been more outspoken about her support for the Democratic party in recent years.
Jobs has gone on record praising Obama for Obamacare and she has offered her sympathy to the Democrats following the budget disputes in Washington
Jobs stands as a front runner for the new politically invested Silicone Valley denizen, and though her causes will remain the most important part of her work, it will be fascinating to see where she goes in the years to come.