Valerie Jarrett served as Senior Advisor to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. She was born in Iran in 1956 to American parents. Jarrett began her career in politics in the late 1980s in Chicago. She also has a professional background in law and real estate.
Jarrett earned her Bachelor's degree from Stanford University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan. She was married for five years in the 1980s and had one child, a daughter, with her husband William Robert Jarrett.
Valerie Jarrett has worked as a staffer to the Mayor of Chicago, at private law firms, at the Chicago City Law Department, and ran a commercial real estate firm. Jarrett has been a personal friend of President Obama and Michelle Obama since the early 1990s when she hired the First Lady for a position in the Chicago Mayor's Office.
In addition to her role as Senior Advisor to the President, Jarrett managed the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and was the chairperson of the White House Council on Women and Girls. In her time at the White House, Jarrett advocated for many social causes, including workers' rights, ending sexual assault and childhood development.