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
- April 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM EDT
The White House welcomes a group of remarkable young women to take part in the ANNpower/ Vital Voices Leadership Forum.
- April 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett marks the 45th anniversary of the death of one of America’s great heroes and a giant of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- April 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM EDT
President Obama is committed to research, development of support services, and increased collaboration with advocates and family members in the autism community so that individuals across the autism spectrum can reach their full potential.
- March 29, 2013 at 1:08 PM EDT
See some highlights of the event in the East Room of the White House, and interviews with panelists and guests
- March 28, 2013 at 3:37 PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett spoke at the Department of Education's Higher Education Program Project Directors' Meeting, an event that gathered thousands of people who are working tirelessly to ensure a better education for all.
- March 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM EDT
In Celebration of Women's History Month, the White House screened a documentary about women who serve as a model for our young people —every single one of them pursued their passion and changed our country.
- March 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM EDT
The general becomes the first African-American in the post.
- March 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM EDT
In honor of Women’s History Month, the White House welcomes a group of high school students to participate in a conversation with a mentoring panel featuring women from a diverse range of fields and backgrounds.
- March 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM EDT
The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project provides free legal service to victims of domestic violence.
- March 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM EDT
President Obama has made promoting gender equality and advancing the status of women and girls central to our foreign policy and national security strategy, including by leading by example at home.