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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.
Valerie Jarrett's Posts
- October 27, 2010 at 5:10 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the President and Vice President at an event to end violence against women.
- October 21, 2010 at 6:00 AM EDT
Valerie Jarrett discusses a new report that outlines the economic landscape for women today and details many of the ways the Obama Administration is committed to strengthening America’s economy and providing opportunities for women across the country.
- October 1, 2010 at 5:06 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, discusses the October 4th White House Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference, which will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov.
- September 14, 2010 at 6:21 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, explains the President's agenda to promote economic recovery by helping businesses invest.
- August 26, 2010 at 4:33 PM EDT
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett discusses Women’s Equality Day and the historic 90th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
- July 20, 2010 at 11:33 AM EDT
The Middle Class Task Force hosted a White House briefing on women's economic security. Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Director of the Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes, and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett participated in this event. Hear Valerie's thoughts.
- May 4, 2010 at 12:29 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, writes about the help that the Affordable Care Act will give to businesses providing a benefits for early retirees.
- April 29, 2010 at 2:51 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, reflects on the life and legacy of the "godmother of the Civil Rights Movement."
- April 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM EDT
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett discusses the importance of Title IX and the announcement of strengthened standards for Title IX compliance in women's athletics.
- April 1, 2010 at 12:53 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett recaps the White House Workplace Flexibility Forum, with complete video of all sessions.
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