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 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM EDT
The White House and the entrance to the Naval Observatory will be lit pink tonight in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the millions of families who have battled the disease, and who feel its impact every day.
- October 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT
On Friday, the President met with nine small business owners from across the country about the impacts of the ongoing federal government shutdown on their businesses and updated them on where things stand on efforts in Congress to avoid a first-ever default in the nation’s credit.
- September 26, 2013 at 2:31 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett discusses her recent trip to New York City for the UN General Assembly, during which she attended Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Women Dinner, where she met a number of the program's new graduates and participants.
- September 23, 2013 at 4:57 PM EDT
At the UN General Assembly, Valerie Jarrett hosts an event to mark the one year anniversary of the launch of the Equal Futures Partnership – a coalition of countries who have committed to take action to remove barriers to opportunity and promote equality for women and girls in our countries.
- September 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett discusses her meeting with members of the Small Business Majority Network Council at the White House to discuss the President’s plans to grow the economy, support small businesses, and back the entrepreneurial spirit that makes America great.
- September 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM EDT
President Obama Names New Leadership to the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and UniversitiesSeptember 12, 2013 at 3:55 PM EDT
It is an exciting day at the White House, and across the country, as President Obama names two dynamic new leaders to head the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Dr. George Cooper will begin this week as the Initiative’s Executive Director, and Dr. Ivory Toldson will serve as Deputy Director.
- September 10, 2013 at 10:13 AM EDT
On Sunday September 8th, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President addressed an audience of nearly a thousand AFL-CIO union leaders and allies at their national conference on diversity and inclusion, held this week in Los Angeles. Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez is also scheduled to address the conference on Tuesday.
- August 28, 2013 at 7:52 PM EDT
As we reflect on the tremendous progress made over the past half-century, we honor those brave leaders who paved the way, and upon whose shoulders we all stand, by recognizing our responsibility to undertake the immense job still at hand.
- August 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM EDT
This year on Women’s Equality Day we commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.