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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
- January 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM EST
Assistant to the President Valerie Jarrett takes over the White House Instagram account to give the people an inside look of the preparation surrounding the 2014 State of the Union.
- January 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM EST
As part of an unprecedented national effort to address alarming rates of sexual assault on college campuses, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum today to establish the “White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault."
- December 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM EST
In November, 2013, President Obama invited members of the Mandela family and other guests to the White House for a screening of "Long Walk to Freedom," a film based on Mandela's autobiography.
- November 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM EST
This Saturday, November 30th, White House and Cabinet Officials, along with millions of Americans around the country, will pay tribute to small businesses, which drive our economy, and help to define the spirit of our communities.
- November 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM EST
Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett writes about the Obama administration's request that the Supreme Court considers a legal challenge to the health care law’s requirement that for-profit corporations include birth control coverage in insurance available to their employees.
President Obama Signs New EpiPen Law To Protect Children with Asthma and Severe Allergies, And Help Their Families To Breathe EasierNovember 13, 2013 at 5:17 PM EST
President Obama signs into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which will encourage schools to plan for severe asthma attacks and allergic reactions, and provide millions of families with greater peace of mind
- November 5, 2013 at 8:20 PM EST
In a meeting with the President and Vice President at the White House, a group of top U.S. business leaders discuss the importance of commonsense immigration reform to bolster U.S. economic growth, and improve the climate for business and job creation.
- November 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST
In an op-ed published in the Huffington Post, the President speaks directly to the American people to ensure everyone understands what’s at stake and why it’s so important that Congress move forward on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA.
- October 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM EST
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 6:00 PM EST
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.