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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
- 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.
- July 18, 2013 at 6:58 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett marks the 165th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention.
- July 11, 2013 at 5:38 PM EDT
Today, President Obama met with members of the 1963 Loyola University Chicago Ramblers championship team, and celebrated the 50th anniversary of their Division I basketball title.
- July 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM EDT
Today, I joined Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and Director of the Domestic Council Cecilia Munoz for our Veterans and Military Family Mental Health Conference.
- July 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM EDT
Para ayudar a restablecer la seguridad de la clase media, estamos haciendo que el cuidado de la salud tenga un costo más asequible para las empresas, para el gobierno, y para las familias estadounidenses a través de la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio.
- July 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM EDT
As it implements the Affordable Care Act, The Administration is making two changes to help businesses get ready for the law to fully take effect.
- June 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM EDT
In 2009, President Obama called on global leaders to increase their focus on food security and hunger. Since then, the United States has partnered with African nations to spur increased agricultural growth, improve nutrition, and move people out of poverty.
- June 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM EDT
Yesterday, President Obama, his family, and the U.S. delegation traveled to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, as part of our commitment to invest in Africa’s development and its people. It is my first trip to these countries, and I look forward to meeting new faces from each country.
- June 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM EDT
On Tuesday, President Obama announced his plan to reduce carbon pollution and businesses responded. Here's what they're saying.