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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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.
President Obama, President Clinton and President Carter to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on Wednesday August 28thAugust 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM EDT
To commemorate Dr. King’s soaring speech and the 1963 March on Washington, President Obama will be joined Wednesday, August 28th, by President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton, members of the King family and other civil rights leaders and luminaries at the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event at the Lincoln Memorial.
- August 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM EDT
Yesterday, I joined eleven Champions of Change at the White House to celebrate their achievements toward making STEM industries more inclusive for underrepresented communities.
- August 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM EDT
Today, we're launching Business.USA.gov/healthcare, a one-stop-shop where employers of all sizes can go for information on the Affordable Care Act.
- July 31, 2013 at 7:04 PM EDT
Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking at a naturalization ceremony for newly naturalized citizens of the United States of America.
- July 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT
President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez meet with civil rights leaders, and state and local elected officials at the White House to discuss how to safeguard every eligible American’s right to vote in light of the recent Supreme Court decision on Shelby County vs. Holder.
- July 26, 2013 at 2:21 PM EDT
Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA represents the culmination of a struggle for the most basic promise of equal opportunity and protection. For millions of Americans, the ADA recognizes the unique challenges that individuals with disabilities face, and provides the legal basis for fairer treatment.