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Valerie Jarrett

Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

Valerie B. Jarrett is an acclaimed civic leader, business executive, and attorney. She served as Senior Advisor to the President of the United States during the eight years of the Obama administration where she oversaw the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Before that, she was co-chair of the Obama-Biden transition team. Jarrett began her career in politics in Chicago as Deputy Corporation Counsel for Finance and Development in the administration of Mayor Harold Washington. She subsequently was Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley and later served as Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development and chaired the Chicago Transit Board. Jarrett also was Chief Executive Officer of the Habitat Company, a Chicago real estate development and management firm. She has served as chair of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago Medical Centers, vice chair of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago, and as a trustee of Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. She also chaired the board of the Chicago Stock Exchange and was a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Jarrett earned a BA in psychology from Stanford University and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.