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 8, 2013 at 5:55 PM EST
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 3:58 PM EST
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 3:59 PM EST
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 5:00 PM EST
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 3:45 PM EST
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 6:04 PM EST
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.
- February 1, 2013 at 5:26 PM EST
The Technology Inclusion Summit displays the Obama Administration's commitment to expanding opportunities in the STEM fields and encouraging women and girls to pursue careers in this field.
- February 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM EST
This year, African American History Month celebrates two landmark anniversaries in American history, with the theme, “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.”
- January 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM EST
- December 1, 2012 at 11:57 AM EST
On World AIDS Day 2012, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett reflects on work the Obama Administration has done to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.