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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.
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Valerie Jarrett's Posts
- April 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM EST
Read Valerie Jarrett's remarks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy.
- March 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM EST
We can only win the fight against hunger, both at home and abroad, by empowering women to be true agents of change.
- March 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM EST
Read President Obama's proclamation in honor of Women's History Month 2012.
- February 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM EST
Empowering women is key to the competitiveness of our country, because when women succeed, we all succeed.
- February 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM EST
We must keep making progress toward the day when HIV/AIDS is history, writes Valerie Jarrett. For our communities and our families, the stakes are simply too high for us to be satisfied with anything less.
- February 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM EST
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett introduces the Equal Pay App Challenge, calling on technologically-inclined citizens to create an app that helps women ensure they're earning 'equal pay for equal work.'
- December 19, 2011 at 3:29 PM EST
The first-ever National Action Plan on Women and Girls will weave the perspectives of women and girls into the DNA of our foreign policy.
- December 6, 2011 at 7:48 PM EST
Valerie Jarrett meets with Lady Gaga to discuss working together to make sure that no child is bullied, regardless of his or her race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor.
- November 29, 2011 at 3:19 PM EST
Supporting small businesses is important every day of the year, and a priority of the Obama Administration.
- November 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM EST
Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett reflects on the President's powerful speech on the importance of continuing the fight for equality for women and girls during a dinner that honored Freedom Riders, who put their own lives in jeopardy in order to fight for the end of gender segregation in the South.