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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.
Follow Valerie Jarrett on Twitter @VJ44.
Valerie Jarrett's Posts
- May 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM EDT
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 2:03 PM EDT
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 12:44 PM EDT
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 3:41 PM EDT
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 11:20 AM EDT
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 11:11 AM EDT
President Barack Obama meets with Edie Windsor during a drop by in the Oval Office.
- February 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM EDT
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 7:12 PM EDT
Carter Woodson spent his career promoting the importance of black history as part of the American story.
- January 23, 2014 at 3:12 PM EDT
Assistant to the President Valerie Jarrett takes over the White House Instagram account to give the people an inside look of the preparation surrounding the 2014 State of the Union.
- January 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM EDT
As part of an unprecedented national effort to address alarming rates of sexual assault on college campuses, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum today to establish the “White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault."