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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
- June 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM EDT
Today was a truly historic day in our nation’s history, as the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
- June 21, 2013 at 2:30 PM EDT
This week, I had the opportunity to speak at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service here in Washington D.C. Sponsored by Points of Light, the conference is the world’s largest annual gathering of volunteering and service leaders and supporters.
- June 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM EDT
On Monday, President Obama announced his intent to appoint Betsey Stevenson, an economist at the University of Michigan focusing on labor, women, and families, to the Council of Economic Advisers.
- June 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM EDT
Today, we marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act with an event at the White House.
- June 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett speaks at the graduation ceremony of the very first graduating class of KIPP DC College Preparatory School.
- June 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM EDT
Fifty years ago, America was in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. Countless men and women demonstrated, protested, sacrificed, and bled for their right to be treated equally. In the last two weeks, we remembered a few of these heroes at the White House.
- June 1, 2013 at 12:03 PM EDT
On Friday, May 31, 2013, I had the privilege of speaking at the 135th Wellesley College Commencement.
- May 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM EDT
Today at the White House, we convened the 10th annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
- May 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM EDT
Yesterday, I was honored to attend the 7th Annual Pearls of Purpose Gala hosted by FAIRgirls. FAIR stands for Free, Aware, Inspired, and Restored, and it works to prevent the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education.
- May 8, 2013 at 12:53 PM EDT
Last week, as part of President Obama’s visit to Mexico and Costa Rica, I had the pleasure of participating in a roundtable discussion on women’s entrepreneurship.