Saturday, June 13, 2009
The Impressive Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett, Wikipedia
Valerie Jarrett appeared today on the "Conversations with Judy Woodruff" Show on Bloomberg TV and I want to say I am very favorably impressed with her intelligence and education and smooth looks. Jarrett has held a series of important, high-paying positions and directorships and is a smart choice as Oval Office adviser.
Valerie Bowman Jarrett (born November 14, 1956) is a Chicago lawyer, businesswoman, and civic leader. She is best known for her role as an advisor to President Barack Obama. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama administration. Prior to that she served as a co-chairperson of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.
Early Life: Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran, to American parents James E. Bowman and Barbara Taylor Bowman, where her father, a pathologist and geneticist, ran a hospital for children...
As a child she spoke Persian and French.
Education: Jarrett graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon, a New England boarding school, in 1974. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1978, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.
Personal Life: In 1983 Jarrett married Dr. William Robert Jarrett, son of famed Chicago Sun-Times reporter Vernon Jarrett and has one daughter....separated in 1987, and divorced in 1988. Jarrett died of a sudden heart attack in 1993".
Professional Career: "She was the CEO of The Habitat Company, a real estate development and management company which she joined in 1995....Jarrett was a member of the board of Chicago Stock Exchange (2000–2007, as Chairman, 2004–2007). She is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago Medical Center, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago and a Trustee of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.Jarrett serves on the board of directors of USG Corporation, a Chicago based building materials corporation." (Wikipedia)
Having to work with Larry Summers must be a challenge after he famously "said that women may somehow be innately less able in science and maths than men are".
Her obvious ability to be very articulate and battle through sexism and stereotypes are proving useful.