Valerie Jarrett served as Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, overseeing the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, as well as chairing the White House Council on Women and Girls.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Jarrett was the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company. She has held positions in both the public and private sector, including Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Chicago, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also practiced law with two private law firms.
Ms. Jarrett has 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, and Trustee at the Museum of Science and Industry. She received her BA from Stanford University in 1978 and her JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.