Laurene Powell Jobs continues the legacy of her husband Steve Jobs through a variety of philanthropic and business efforts. She is the founder of Emerson Collectives, which fights for immigration reform, environmental conservation, and social justice. She, now, controls the Steven P. Jobs Trust or Laurene Powell Jobs Trust. She is the largest shareholder in the Walt Disney Company, and she is the twenty-ninth most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Powell Jobs serves on the advisory board of Udacity. It’s a company supported by Stanford that supports affordable education. Achieva is a similar organization that helps students study and become more effective at standardized testing. She served on the board of directors for this organization also.
In addition to her work with Emerson Collective, she also is on the board of directors of College Track, The Foundation for Excellence in Education, Stanford, and Conservation International. While working at the Emerson Collective, she has worked on The Dream is Now Campaign, NewSchools Venture Fund, and Conservation International.
She also partnered with Carlos Watson as a co-founder of College Track. It’s a non-profit organization designed to improve high school graduation, college graduation rates, and college enrollment for “underserved” students. The program is considered a wild success. With the program, 90 percent of the students attend four-year colleges, and 70 percent finish college in six years. This helps to keep the standards high in the school systems in San Francisco, East Palo Alto, Oakland, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.
Her Business Efforts
Powell Jobs co-founded Terravera, which is a natural foods company that sells to retailers in Northern California. She also worked for Merill Lynch Asset Management and spent three years at Goldman Sachs as a fixed-income trading strategist. She has an extensive background that has helped her continue the Steve Jobs legacy posthumously.
Powell Jobs was raised in Milford, New Jersey, and she earned an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1991, a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1985, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1991, she married Steve Jobs in Yosemite National Park in Ahwahnee Hotel. A Zen Buddhist monk presided over the wedding. They had three children: Reed, Erin, and Eve. Each of them is separated by three to four years in age.
The Jobs Legacy Lives On
Though it’s been difficult for Powell Jobs since her husband died of pancreatic cancer, she continues on in the community by helping others achieve their dreams as her husband achieved his. She also imparts her knowledge and tries to give back to the community. Her efforts are raising the standard of living in the area through education and outreach. Powell Jobs plans to continue to do more in the future to make the community and the world a safe place to work and live.