Prior to serving as a Senior Advisor under President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett came from the city of Chicago, where she held roles in both the private and public sectors. Jarrett's roles include serving as the Habitat Company's Chief Executive Officer in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Deputy Chief of Staff for the Chicago Mayor and Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange.
Prior to her private and public roles, Valerie Jarrett earned her bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor degree from the law school at the University of Michigan. Jarrett was born to American parents in the city of Shiraz, Iran, on Nov. 14, 1956, as Valerie June Bowman. She spent her first five years in Iran before moving to London for a year and then settling in Chicago in 1963. Valerie Jarrett married her husband, William Robert Jarrett, in 1983, though the couple separated and then divorced in 1987 and 1988, respectively.
Valerie Jarrett served in her position as Barack Obama's Senior Advisor from Jan. 20, 2009 until the end of his presidential term in 2018. She also held a role as the Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and served as the chairperson for the White House Council on Women and Girls during Obama's presidency.