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
- 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.
- May 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett discusses the importance of growing the economy through travel and tourism to speed up our short-term recovery, and ensure our long-term prosperity.
- May 25, 2011 at 11:34 AM EDT
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, honors small business owners from across the country during Small Business Week.
- April 29, 2011 at 2:59 PM EDT
April is National Financial Literacy Month. In this blog, Senior Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett, takes this opportunity to discuss the ways in which financial education can help women adapt to a changing world and workforce and improve the stability of American families and our economy.
- March 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM EDT
This week, we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, a historic advancement for the health care of women and their families. Valerie Jarrett highlights the importance of this legislation for winning a healthier future.
- March 24, 2011 at 9:41 AM EDT
New rules from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will make it easier for employers to understand the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and help Americans with disabilities find quality work.
- March 16, 2011 at 7:58 PM EDT
On Tuesday, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett spoke on the importance of workplace flexibility to a group who is leading the charge on workplace flexibility issues: the Society for Human Resource Management.
- March 3, 2011 at 2:28 PM EDT
Yesterday, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett attended a luncheon hosted by Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). At this luncheon, the speakers and attendees celebrated the launch of President Obama’s Women Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.
- February 27, 2011 at 5:49 PM EDT
- December 30, 2010 at 11:23 AM EDT
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the Council on Women and Girls, reflects on big and small accomplishments that marked 2010.