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, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the Council on Women and Girls, reflects on big and small accomplishments that marked 2010.
Valerie Jarrett talks about the Obama Administration's recent actions to support women who choose to breastfeed.
The President's agreement on tax cuts and Unemployment Insurance has tangible benefits that will put money back in the pockets of women, mothers and working families.
Valerie Jarrett represents the White House and President Obama in a meeting with the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.
Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett discusses the Administration's efforts to “renew our commitment to supporting the entrepreneurs who power the engine of our Nation's economy.”
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett discusses President Obama’s meeting with leading equal pay advocates.
Read Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett's post on the two roundtable discussions she participated in while in India.
Valerie Jarrett discusses the Obama Administration’s 10-day journey abroad.
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the President and Vice President at an event to end violence against women.