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
- February 5, 2014 at 7:12 PM EDT
Carter Woodson spent his career promoting the importance of black history as part of the American story.
- January 23, 2014 at 3:12 PM EDT
Assistant to the President Valerie Jarrett takes over the White House Instagram account to give the people an inside look of the preparation surrounding the 2014 State of the Union.
- January 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM EDT
As part of an unprecedented national effort to address alarming rates of sexual assault on college campuses, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum today to establish the “White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault."
- December 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM EDT
In November, 2013, President Obama invited members of the Mandela family and other guests to the White House for a screening of "Long Walk to Freedom," a film based on Mandela's autobiography.
- November 27, 2013 at 4:02 PM EDT
This Saturday, November 30th, White House and Cabinet Officials, along with millions of Americans around the country, will pay tribute to small businesses, which drive our economy, and help to define the spirit of our communities.
- November 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM EDT
Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett writes about the Obama administration's request that the Supreme Court considers a legal challenge to the health care law’s requirement that for-profit corporations include birth control coverage in insurance available to their employees.
President Obama Signs New EpiPen Law To Protect Children with Asthma and Severe Allergies, And Help Their Families To Breathe EasierNovember 13, 2013 at 6:17 PM EDT
President Obama signs into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which will encourage schools to plan for severe asthma attacks and allergic reactions, and provide millions of families with greater peace of mind
- November 5, 2013 at 9:20 PM EDT
In a meeting with the President and Vice President at the White House, a group of top U.S. business leaders discuss the importance of commonsense immigration reform to bolster U.S. economic growth, and improve the climate for business and job creation.
- November 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT
In an op-ed published in the Huffington Post, the President speaks directly to the American people to ensure everyone understands what’s at stake and why it’s so important that Congress move forward on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA.
- October 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM EDT
The White House and the entrance to the Naval Observatory will be lit pink tonight in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the millions of families who have battled the disease, and who feel its impact every day.