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 29, 2010 at 1:51 PM EST
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, reflects on the life and legacy of the "godmother of the Civil Rights Movement."
- April 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM EST
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett discusses the importance of Title IX and the announcement of strengthened standards for Title IX compliance in women's athletics.
- April 1, 2010 at 11:53 AM EST
Valerie Jarrett recaps the White House Workplace Flexibility Forum, with complete video of all sessions.
- March 31, 2010 at 5:54 PM EST
The President invites the family of Cesar Chavez to the White House to honor his life's work.
- March 29, 2010 at 8:55 AM EST
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett introduces the “Women in Finance” Symposium at the Treasury Department, live-streamed starting at 10AM EST. UPDATE: This event has now concluded.
- March 10, 2010 at 7:51 PM EST
Valerie Jarrett offers her perspective on the health care crisis in the African American community and communities across America following BET’s first ever “Leading Women Summit” in Washington, DC.
- February 15, 2010 at 2:56 PM EST
Valerie Jarrett sends back one more dispatch from Vancouver after watching pairs figure skating.
- February 15, 2010 at 10:50 AM EST
Valerie Jarrett has high hopes for the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team.
- February 13, 2010 at 5:17 PM EST
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett reports back from Vancouver - with photos.
- November 19, 2009 at 12:53 PM EST
Valerie Jarrett celebrates "another critical milestone in the health reform effort" and follows up on her recent online chat.