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
- March 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM EDT
In Celebration of Women's History Month, the White House screened a documentary about women who serve as a model for our young people —every single one of them pursued their passion and changed our country.
- March 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM EDT
The general becomes the first African-American in the post.
- March 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM EDT
In honor of Women’s History Month, the White House welcomes a group of high school students to participate in a conversation with a mentoring panel featuring women from a diverse range of fields and backgrounds.
- March 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM EDT
The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project provides free legal service to victims of domestic violence.
- March 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM EDT
President Obama has made promoting gender equality and advancing the status of women and girls central to our foreign policy and national security strategy, including by leading by example at home.
- March 8, 2013 at 4:58 PM EDT
Promise Neighborhoods supports forty-six communities in their plans to deliver services to support every child in obtaining the education they need for their future, from cradle through college.
- March 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM EDT
Thanks to the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, which President Obama signed today, thousands of women and men across the country who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking will be able to access resources they need in their communities to help heal from their trauma
- February 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM EDT
It will take the efforts of everyone to end teen dating violence, and to create a better future for our young Americans.
- February 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM EDT
On Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Valerie Jarrett discusses challenges on addressing HIV/AIDS, as well as a new HIV/AIDS Strategy working to lower transmissions rates.
- February 4, 2013 at 7:04 PM EDT
The release of a postage stamp honoring Rosa Parks on the 100th anniversary of her birthday commemorates the courage and legacy of the American civil rights icon.