Board of Directors

Valerie Jarrett

Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

Ms. Jarrett has served as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School since January 2018 and as a Senior Advisor to the Obama Foundation since April 2017. From January 2009 to January 2017, Ms. Jarrett served as Senior Advisor to the President of the United States, where she where she co-chaired the transition team for the new administration, oversaw the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Prior to joining the administration of the President of the United States, Ms. Jarrett served in various senior positions, including Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company, a Chicago real estate development and management firm. She previously was Deputy Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Chicago, served as Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development and chaired the Chicago Transit Board. Ms. Jarrett has served on the boards of directors of Lyft, Inc., a ride sharing service company, since July 2017, 2U, Inc., an education technology company, since December 2017, and Ralph Lauren Corporation, a premium lifestyle products company, since October 2020. She also serves on the board of Ariel Investments, LLC, a private investment company, and Sweetgreen, a private restaurant chain.