Founder and CEO, Common Sense Media
Jim is one of the most respected experts and entrepreneurs on issues related to children, education, and media and technology. Prior to launching Common Sense, he was the founder and president of Children Now, the highly respected national advocacy organisation for children. In addition, Jim co-founded the Centre for the Next Generation with his younger brother Tom Steyer in 2012. Jim's long-standing commitment to children began decades ago when he was a remedial reading tutor to at-risk kids in New York City public schools. Since then, he has taught reading and math to disadvantaged students in Harlem, East Palo Alto, and Oakland, California, and he spent more than 10 years as a volunteer teacher to second, third, and fifth graders in East Oakland. Jim began his professional career as a law clerk for Justice Allen Broussard of the California Supreme Court. He then served as a civil rights attorney, working for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. There, he helped spearhead the Poverty and Justice Program, focused on developing national legal and legislative strategies on behalf of lower-income African Americans. Jim serves regularly as an expert commentator on many national TV and radio programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Show, and CNN.
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