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Valerie B. Jarrett

AKA Valerie Bowman

Born: 14-Nov-1956
Birthplace: Shiraz, Iran

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Black [1]
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Government
Party Affiliation: Democratic [2]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: White House Office of Public Liaison


[1] Tom Leonard, "Valerie Jarrett Leads Barack Obama's Influential Black Advisers", London Telegraph, 6 November 2008: "In one of his first appointments, Mr. Obama named Valerie Jarrett -- an African American businesswoman, senior advisor and close family friend -- as one of the leaders of his White House transition team."

[2] Treasurer for the Hopefund, a Barack Obama PAC.

Father: James E. Bowman (pathologist, b. 5-Feb-1923, d. 28-Sep-2011 renal cancer)
Mother: Barbara Taylor
Husband: William Robert Jarrett (m. 1983, div. 1988, one daughter)
Daughter: Laura

    High School: Northfield Mount Hermon School, Northfield, MA (1974)
    University: BA, Stanford University (1978)
    Law School: JD, University of Michigan Law School (1981)
    Administrator: Trustee, University of Chicago

    White House Staff Director, Office of Public Liaison (2009-)
    The Habitat Company President and CEO (2007-09)
    The Habitat Company EVP (1995-2007)
    Illinois State Official Chairman, Chicago Transit Authority (1995-2003)
    Illinois State Official Chicago Department of Planning and Development Commissioner
    Illinois State Official Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley
    Illinois State Official Chicago Deputy Corporation Counsel, Finance and Development
    Member of the Board of Chicago Stock Exchange (2000-07, as Chairman, 2004-07)
    Member of the Board of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (2006-07)
    Member of the Board of Navigant Consulting, Inc.
    Member of the Board of USG (1998-)
    Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Trustee
    Carol Moseley Braun for President
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    Gephardt for President
    German Marshall Fund Board of Directors
    John Kerry for President
    Joyce Foundation Board of Directors
    New Leadership for America PAC
    Obama for America
    Obama for Illinois


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