Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett


Valerie Jarrett is an American businesswoman and former government official born on 14 November 1956, In Iran.

Family Background:

She is the daughter of James E. Bowman and Barbara T. Bowman. Her father was pathologist and geneticist who had helped beginning countries in setting up health care systems, as part of a US aid program.

Personal Life:

In 1983, She had married his childhood friend William Robert Jarrett and they had one daughter Laura. The couple ended their relationship with divorced in 1988.


In 1974, She had completed her schooling from Northfield Mount Hermon School and had graduated In 1978 from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 1981, She received her Juris Doctorate in law from the University of Michigan Law School.


In 1981, She had started studying law at a Chicago-based private firm after graduating, Which she continued till 1987, until her daughter’s birth. In 1987, She had entered politics as Deputy Corporation Counsel for Finance and Development under Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington. In 1991, After Washington’s sudden death, she had continued to work under the newly-appointed Richard Daley as deputy chief of staff, during which she had recruited Michelle Robinson, the then-fiance of Barack Obama. She had worked as the chairperson of Chicago Transit Authority during 1995-2003 and chaired the board of Chicago Stock Exchange from 2004 through 2007. In November 2007, After the successful presidential election, she had been selected as the co-chairperson of Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. She has worked as chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center’s Board of Trustees, vice-chairman of the University of Chicago’s Board of Trustees, and trustee of Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Her other leadership positions involve chairperson of the White House of Olympic, Paralympic, and Youth Sport and the White House on Women and Girls.

Valerie Jarrett

Unknown Facts:

  • Valerie June Jarrett is her full name.

Master Stroke:

  • Valerie Jarrett is the most influential black woman in White House history.
  • She had served as the senior advisor to President of the United States Barack Obama.

Awards and Achievements:

  • She has been listed among Chicago’s ‘100 best networked’ by, a journalism website.

What can we learn from Her??

As Valerie Jarrett, Respect your elders and learn from them. Never ignore your youngers.

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