Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett
Former Senior Advisor to President Obama
Obama Administration
Valerie Jarrett is the President of the Barack Obama Foundation and a Senior Distinguished Fellow at
The University of Chicago Law School. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Finding
My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, published in April 2019. She serves as
Board Chairman of Civic Nation, Co-Chair of The United State of Women and senior advisor to Attn.
Jarrett also serves on the boards of Walgreens Boot Alliance, Inc., Ralph Lauren Corporation, Lyft, Inc.,
2U, Inc., Ariel Investments, Time’sUp, The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Innocence
Project, Sesame Street Workshop and the Economic Club of Chicago.

Ms. Jarrett was the Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama from 2009-2017, making her the longest
serving senior advisor to a president in history. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and
Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Ms. Jarrett has a background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Chief Executive
Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, the Commissioner of Planning and Development for the city
of Chicago, Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and she practiced law for ten years
in the private and public sector. She also served as the director of numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards including leadership roles as Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, Vice Chairman of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees, Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Chair of Chicago Transit Board. Ms. Jarrett has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” Award.

Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan
Law School in 1981.

Speaking in:

June 21
10:30 am11:00 am
Consumer spending is poised to lift US GDP and play a major role within the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better platform. This fireside chat with Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2017), will explore trade impacts, key economic levers, and monetary policy under the new Biden Administration. Currently serving on the boards of Lyft, Ralph Lauren, Walgreens… Read more