Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, to Deliver UCLA School of Law Commencement Address

Lauri Gavel
Director of Communications
UCLA School of Law
(310) 206-2611

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 2, 2011 – Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, will deliver the Commencement address at UCLA School of Law’s 60th Commencement ceremony on May 13, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. on the UCLA campus, Dickson Court North.

Ms. Jarrett, in addition to serving as senior advisor to the President,  is also the chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls and she oversees the Offices of Intergovernmental Affairs; Public Engagement; Urban Affairs; and Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport. Prior to joining the Obama administration, she was the chief executive officer of The Habitat Company. She also served as co-chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and senior advisor to President Obama’s presidential campaign.

Ms. Jarrett has held positions in both the public and private sector, including as chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, the commissioner of planning and development for the City of Chicago, deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley and deputy corporation council for finance and development. She also practiced law with two private law firms.

Ms. Jarrett also served as a director of corporate and not-for-profit boards, including chairman of the board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, chairman of the University of  Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees and vice chair of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees. She was a director of the Local Initiative Support Corporation, The Joyce Foundation and a trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry.

She received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.

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