Valerie Jarrett

American businesswoman and a former government official

Valerie June Jarrett (née Bowman; born November 14, 1956)[1] is an American businesswoman and former government official. She was the senior advisor to President of the United States Barack Obama and assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs from 2009 to 2017. Before, she was a co-chair of the Obama–Biden Transition Project.[2][3]

Valerie Jarrett
President of the Obama Foundation
Assumed office
March 26, 2021
Preceded byWally Adeyemo
Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs
In office
January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJulie E. Cram (Office of Public Liaison)
Succeeded byGeorge Sifakis (Office of Public Liaison)
Senior Advisor to the President
In office
January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byBarry Jackson
Succeeded byJared Kushner
Stephen Miller
Personal details
Valerie June Bowman

(1956-11-14) November 14, 1956 (age 67)
Shiraz, Iran
Political partyDemocratic
William Jarrett
(m. 1983; div. 1988)
EducationStanford University (BA)
University of Michigan (JD)

In March 2021, she became interim President of the Obama Foundation.


  1. Hamilton, William (August 21, 2014). "Valerie Jarrett: The woman who stays for dinner". Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  2. Terry, Don (July 27, 2008). "Insider has Obama's ear: What's she telling him?". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on July 29, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2008.
  3. King, John (November 9, 2008). "Obama wants Valerie Jarrett to replace him in Senate". Archived from the original on April 6, 2021. Retrieved July 31, 2018.