Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, overseeing the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, and chairing the White House Council on Women and Girls.
Ms. Jarrett has worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates behind efforts to strengthen and improve access to the middle class, to boost American businesses and our economy, and to champion equality and opportunity for all Americans. From ongoing campaigns to end sexual assault, raise the minimum wage, advocate workplace policies that empower working families, and promote entrepreneurship and early childhood education, Ms. Jarrett has helped the President develop a broad coalition of partners to execute a robust agenda.
Ms. Jarrett came to the White House with a background in both the public and private sectors, having served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
She also served as Co-Chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and the director of corporate and not-for-profit boards including Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.
Follow Valerie Jarrett on Twitter at @VJ44.
Valerie Jarrett's Posts
- April 17, 2015 at 10:02 AM EDT
The White House honored 12 extraordinary individuals that are supporting working families and helping to make change in their companies or communities through advocating for family-friendly policies that encourage workplace flexibility.
- April 15, 2015 at 1:10 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett lists 10 reasons why you can't afford to stay out of the working families policy discussion.
- April 8, 2015 at 8:42 PM EDT
As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.
- March 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM EDT
The President and First Lady take a moment to reflect on their experience in Selma.
- February 23, 2015 at 4:28 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett posts on LinkedIn, explaining why we are taking action to help fix the problem of "conflicts of interest" to help ensure all American workers a dignified retirement.
- February 3, 2015 at 11:54 AM EDT
Valerie Jarrett highlights the champions of change in African American communities and the lesser-known stories of African American leaders who helped change American history. Follow the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth to participate.
- January 16, 2015 at 7:27 PM EDT
As part of the President’s commitment to equal opportunity for all students, the Domestic Policy Council and the Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Education, and the Georgetown University Law Center on Poverty and Inequality highlighted programs that focus on developing the talent of girls of color and low-income girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and career technical education (CTE) careers.
- January 9, 2015 at 1:41 PM EDT
The Department of Health and Human Services released a report detailing the important strides we have made in women’s health as a result of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
- November 13, 2014 at 4:12 PM EDT
A new CWG report delves into the inequities and distinct challenges facing women of color, while examining some of the efforts underway to close unfair gaps in educational outcomes, pay, career opportunity, health disparities, and more.
- November 3, 2014 at 1:42 PM EDT
At Rhode Island College in Providence, President Obama delivered remarks on the importance of empowering women and girls in our economy. “When women succeed, America succeeds, and we need leaders who understand that,” he told the audience.