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
- July 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM EDT
President Obama signs an Executive Order to improve outcomes and advance educational opportunities for African Americans.
- June 21, 2012 at 6:36 PM EDT
The White House Council on Women and Girls celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX with dozens of advocates and leaders who are continuing the fight for gender equity in our schools
- June 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM EDT
The first ever Department of Education National Transition Conference focuses on improving transition services for students with disabilities by forging new partnerships among federal, state and local officials, as well as private entities and community leaders.
- June 1, 2012 at 3:02 PM EDT
American companies have added more than 4.3 million jobs over the past 27 months. Behind that number are countless small businesses – entrepreneurs with bold ideas and a willingness to dream big -- meet some of them using this interactive tool.
- May 31, 2012 at 11:43 AM EDT
There’s a basic bargain in America. It says that no matter who you are or where you’re from, if you’re willing to work hard and play by the rules you should be able to find a good job, feel secure in your community, and support a family.
- April 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM EDT
Read Valerie Jarrett's remarks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy.
- March 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM EDT
We can only win the fight against hunger, both at home and abroad, by empowering women to be true agents of change.
- March 1, 2012 at 11:47 AM EDT
Read President Obama's proclamation in honor of Women's History Month 2012.
- February 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM EDT
Empowering women is key to the competitiveness of our country, because when women succeed, we all succeed.
- February 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM EDT
We must keep making progress toward the day when HIV/AIDS is history, writes Valerie Jarrett. For our communities and our families, the stakes are simply too high for us to be satisfied with anything less.