Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She is also the Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls and she oversees the Offices of Intergovernmental Affairs; Public Engagement; and Olympic, Paralympic, and Youth Sport.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, she was the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company. She also served as Co-Chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and Senior Advisor to Obama's presidential campaign.
Prior to that, Ms. Jarrett has held positions in both the public and private sector, including the Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, the Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Chicago, Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Deputy Corporation Council for Finance and Development. She also practiced law with two private law firms.
Jarrett also served as a director of corporate and not for profit boards, including Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Vice Chair of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees. She was a Director of the Local Initiative Support Corporation, The Joyce Foundation, and a Trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry.
Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.
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Valerie Jarrett's Posts
- July 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM EST
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett meets with a small group of amazing young people at the Urban Alliance Foundation’s Washington branch.
- May 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM EST
As a part of National Foster Care Month, California Congresswoman Karen Bass, over 60 former foster youth, and the cast members and creators of Disney’s The Fosters come to the White House to discuss ways to better ensure the health, safety, and economic empowerment of foster youth.
- May 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM EST
Nearly half of America’s workforce is now comprised of women, and three-fourths of households are headed by a working single parent, or two working parents -- and our workplaces have yet to catch up by implementing policies which empower women, and provide flexibility for parents.
- May 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM EST
This spring, the White House Council on Women and Girls welcomed over 100 researchers, policy advocates, business leaders, members of the media, and non-profit executives to the first-ever White House Research Conference on Girls.
- March 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM EST
In honor of Women’s History Month, Valerie Jarrett kicks off the CWG’s March blog series, which will highlight the wonderful progress we have made, while underscoring the work that lies ahead.
- February 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM EST
Representative Shirley Chisholm of New York will be forever remembered for the ground she broke in Congress, and the ground she laid for millions of women, girls, and African Americans in this country.
- February 19, 2014 at 10:20 AM EST
Leaders from some of the country’s foremost African American civil rights organizations joined President Obama and a handful of Administration leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House yesterday for a discussion outlining the President’s priorities for this year of action.
- February 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM EST
President Barack Obama meets with Edie Windsor during a drop by in the Oval Office.
- February 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM EST
The Attorney General announced that he is issuing a new policy memorandum that will “formally instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law.”
- February 5, 2014 at 6:12 PM EST
Carter Woodson spent his career promoting the importance of black history as part of the American story.