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
- October 7, 2011 at 6:26 PM EDT
This year's Nobel Peace Prize recipients are inspiring role models for young women everywhere.
- September 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM EDT
Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett discusses the important issues impacting women and girls that President Obama addressed during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
- September 20, 2011 at 6:38 PM EDT
Today, we remember that when we all come together to make this country a better place, change is not just possible. Change is inevitable
- September 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM EDT
Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett outlines how the American Jobs Act would cut taxes for women small business owners, cut payroll taxes for millions of working women and more.
- August 1, 2011 at 5:34 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, discusses the impact of historic new guidelines that will allow women to access important preventive health services as part of the Affordable Care Act on America’s women, girls and families.
- July 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, thanks the 14,000 men and women who have been discharged under DADT for their sacrifice and dedication to our freedom.
- July 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM EDT
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett shares stories from across the country, demonstrating that Americans with disabilities depend on programs such as Medicaid.
- July 13, 2011 at 4:48 PM EDT
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett joins Secretary Geithner and Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios at the Administration’s second Women in Finance Symposium.
- June 27, 2011 at 4:56 PM EDT
Senior Advisory Valerie Jarrett will speak at an event honoring the graduates of the D.C. College Access Program, founded in 1999.
- June 22, 2011 at 5:41 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President, discusses how workplaces can be both models of efficiency, and also responsive to the family lives of their workers.