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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
- November 10, 2011 at 6:07 PM EST
The African American Policy Conference brings together leaders in the African American community for a dialogue with senior administration officials on the Administration's policies and its efforts to create jobs.
- November 3, 2011 at 9:21 AM EST
Valerie Jarrett, Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, speaks to the North Carolina Governor's Conference for Women about the ways the Obama Administration is working to create an environment where women and girls can reach their full potential.
- October 28, 2011 at 3:37 PM EST
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, talks about the importance of women entrepreneurs and the value of the work they do.
- October 28, 2011 at 1:29 PM EST
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, explains the Obama Administration's commitment to fighting hunger through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
- October 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST
Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett describes steps the Administration is taking to support small businesses, the backbone of the economy.
- October 7, 2011 at 5:26 PM EST
This year's Nobel Peace Prize recipients are inspiring role models for young women everywhere.
- September 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM EST
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 5:38 PM EST
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 11:11 AM EST
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 4:34 PM EST
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.