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.
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Valerie Jarrett's Posts
- July 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM EDT
On Thursday, July 30, the White House released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.
- July 10, 2015 at 4:43 PM EDT
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. On July 13, President Obama will host the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. It will be an opportunity to recognize the importance of these landmark programs, while looking ahead to address the issues that will improve the quality of life for older Americans for the next decade.
- June 11, 2015 at 4:40 PM EDT
The National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare at the White House provided an important opportunity to strengthen partnerships between federal, state, and local stakeholders, as well as key advocates.
- June 3, 2015 at 4:21 PM EDT
National Foster Care Month provided an important opportunity to highlight the many ways that President Obama and his Administration have worked to stem the often disproportionate, unfair, and heartbreaking challenges facing our foster youth, and to provide them the equal opportunity for success that they deserve.
- 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.