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J.D. Vance is an investor, innovator, and author of the #1 New York Times best seller Hillbilly Elegy.
J.D. Vance is the author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, inspired by his childhood in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. Described by the National Review as a “brilliant book” and by The Economist as “one of the most important” reads of 2016, Hillbilly Elegy is a searing portrait of the lives of the white working class, providing timely perspective on the rise of political populism and the growing concerns of many Americans. Vance’s gripping examination of his upbringing strikes a chord with audiences as he shares the personal impact of a social, regional, and economic decline. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment have announced plans to produce a movie based on Vance's book.
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and Operation Iraqi Freedom and a graduate of Yale Law School, Vance followed a stint at a large corporate law firm with a venture capital career, becoming a principal at Mithril Capital, cofounded by Peter Thiel and Ajay Royan. As an investor, Vance focuses on innovative and transformative sectors of the economy. In early 2017, he joined as a partner in AOL founder Steve Case’s venture capital company, Revolution LLC, which concentrates on bolstering entrepreneurship and disruptive, high-growth companies outside of the sphere of Silicon Valley. Vance also returned home to Ohio in 2017 to found Our Ohio Renewal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the state’s opioid crisis and bringing high-quality employment and educational opportunities to Ohioans.
J.D. continues to lecture and write on topics of public interest. He regularly discusses politics and public policy on national networks, and has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, and Fox News.
America's Forgotten Working Class
America in the Trump Era
Hillbilly Elegy: A Culture in Crisis
He arrived early, and everything went smoothly. The venue was completely full at 450 people and that was the first game of the World Series and the Dodgers were playing. I did hear his lecture and it was great. He is an engaging speaker with an important message.Pepperdine University