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
- February 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM EDT
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 2:43 PM EDT
- December 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM EDT
On World AIDS Day 2012, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett reflects on work the Obama Administration has done to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.
- October 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM EDT
Samantha Power and Valerie Jarrett take to Twitter for a Q&A about Equal Futures, a new partnership to advance the rights and opportunities of women and girls.
- September 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM EDT
The Obama Administration takes two major steps in empowering women and girls both here in the United States and abroad: launching the Equal Futures Partnership and taking new steps to combat human trafficking.
- September 20, 2012 at 6:04 PM EDT
It should come as no surprise to any of us that the men and women of our armed forces have handled the repeal of DADT with the professionalism and class that we have come to expect from the finest fighting force in the world. As a consequence, our national security has been strengthened.
- September 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM EDT
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett speaks to new citizens at a naturalization ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia, commemorating the lives lost in the September 11 attacks and reminding us of how precious citizenship is.
- August 10, 2012 at 5:06 PM EDT
President Obama takes another important step to prioritize and protect the rights of women and girls around the world
- August 8, 2012 at 9:57 AM EDT
We must all stay focused on ending bullying because no young person, or their loved ones, should have to endure the pain, agony, and loss to our families, schools, and communities that can come with bullying.
- August 1, 2012 at 2:04 PM EDT
For the first time ever, women now have access to life-saving preventive care, such as mammograms and contraception, without paying any more out of their own pockets under the Affordable Care Act