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Valerie B. Jarrett is Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement. Prior to her current position, she served as Co-Chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and Senior Advisor to Obama's presidential campaign. Jarrett became the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company on January 31, 2007. She had served as Executive Vice President of Habitat for 12 years. Prior to that, Jarrett served for eight years in Chicago government as Deputy Corporation Counsel for Finance and Development, Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development. Before her city government service, Ms. Jarrett practiced law with two private law firms. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Jarrett served as a Director of corporate and not for profit boards, including 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. From 1995 to 2003, Jarrett served as Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board. Jarrett also served as Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange from April 2004 through April 2007. She was a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago from January 2006 through April 2007. Jarrett served as Finance Chair for President Obama's 2004 run for the U.S. Senate. Jarrett 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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Tremendous Progress on the First Anniversary of It's On Us

(3) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 3:03 PM

One year ago, the President and the Vice President launched the It's On Us campaign with Generation Progress. It's On Us was created to increase public awareness and education around preventing sexual violence on our nation's campuses. Our partners are students and survivors, activists, college administrators and the...

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2020 Vision: Our Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

(3) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 11:41 AM

Today, the Obama Administration is releasing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 ("Updated Strategy"). Since we released the nation's first comprehensive HIV/AIDS strategy in 2010, we've made tremendous progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS. More people living with HIV know their status and are linked to care....

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A Memorable Month of Pride in America

(62) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 7:26 PM

For too long, same-sex couples have fought tirelessly for their basic civil rights. Loving, committed partners, along with millions of families and supporters, have challenged the status quo, and demanded that all Americans receive equal treatment under the law, and the opportunity for them and their families to live anywhere...

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Invest In Your "Healthy Self" (and Post a #HealthySelfie While You're At It)

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 10:30 AM

Today, the Obama administration is launching the "Healthy Self" campaign to encourage healthy lifestyles and connect people to the coverage and care they need. But first let us tell you about Alicia. A wife and mother of two from Houston, Alicia knows how important her health is, not only for...

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Great Strides for Women's Health Under the Affordable Care Act

(56) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 11:31 AM

President Obama has said repeatedly that "when women succeed, America succeeds." And over the past year, millions of women have gained the security of knowing that their professional, academic, financial, and personal dreams will not be put in jeopardy if they face a health challenge. Today, the Department of Health...

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A 21st Century Workplace for Today's Working Families

(3) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Every day in America, there are single moms struggling to take sick children to doctors' appointments because missing work isn't an option. Working dads find themselves straining to focus at work, because their employer doesn't provide paternity leave that would enable them to contribute at home and bond with their...

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Champion of African American History: The Honorable Shirley Chisholm of New York

(9) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 2:31 PM

"I don't measure America by its achievement but by its potential." - Shirley Chisolm, in her book, Unbought and Unbossed

With her slight build, distinctly precise diction, and relentless energy, Representative Shirley Chisholm of New York will be forever remembered for the ground she broke in Congress, and...

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My Brother's Keeper: A New White House Initiative to Empower Boys and Young Men of Color

(22) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Today, from the East Room of the White House, President Obama will launch a new effort aimed at empowering boys and young men of color, a segment of our society which too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success. These obstacles are found in our schools, our...

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Partnering for Action in African American Communities

(6) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Leaders from some of the country's foremost African American civil rights organizations joined President Obama and a handful of administration leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House yesterday. To open the meeting, I was joined by Attorney General Eric Holder, Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz,...

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Champion of African American History: Carter G. Woodson

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 4:42 PM

In the fall of 1870, a handful of students made their way through the northwest quadrant of the nation's capital, and through the doors of D.C.'s "Preparatory High School for Colored Youth," the country's first public high school for African American children. There, in the shadow of the American Civil...

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A Woman's Health Care Decisions Should Be in Her Own Hands, Not Her Boss's

(2720) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 4:41 PM

Ensuring the full freedom of women as health care consumers to access essential preventative health services is a vital component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And nowhere are health decisions more personal or essential to keep in their hands, than those regarding reproductive health. The ACA was designed to...

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Investing in Women and Girls Is an Investment in Our Future

(82) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 12:17 PM

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With a broad smile, and a gleam in her eyes, Ayo Megbope sat beside me, and shared story...

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50 Years of American Heroes

(84) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 8:17 PM

Fifty years ago, the heroic voice of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. rang out across our capital, our country and the world, and called on us to become the more perfect union he believed we were destined to be. A country which endows every man, woman and child with unalienable...

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The HIV Care Continuum Initiative: The Next Step of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

(6) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 12:25 PM

Three years ago, President Obama announced an historic comprehensive plan to help turn the tide on HIV/AIDS in the United States: the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The Strategy has given a new sense of direction, and purpose in our fight against HIV and AIDS.

Since the Strategy's release,...

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Being Whole

(89) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Last week, I had the privilege of speaking at the 135th Wellesley College Commencement. During my speech, I encouraged young women to be resilient, be flexible and pace themselves throughout the journey of their life. And as we think about redefining what it means to live a successful life, I...

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Be Flexible. Be Resilient.

(72) Comments | Posted June 1, 2013 | 8:26 AM

This post is adapted from remarks given to the Wellesley College class of 2013 on May 31.

Good morning, everyone!

Thank you for that generous introduction, President Bottomly, or should I say KBot, as I understand you are affectionately called by your students?

I'd like to recognize the Board of...

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Keeping Up the Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking

(68) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 5:02 PM

Yesterday, I was honored to attend the 7th Annual Pearls of Purpose Gala hosted by FAIRgirls. FAIR stands for Free, Aware, Inspired, and Restored, and it works to prevent the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education. At the gala, I spoke about the horror of child sex trafficking...

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Small Businesses Embody the Spirit That Makes America Great

(268) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 7:16 PM

Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking at the inaugural 10,000 Small Businesses -- Tory Burch Foundation early-stage businesses graduation in New York.

Eighteen women from around New York graduated from a comprehensive program focused on building their small businesses, which included a curriculum developed by Babson College and implemented...

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Lloyd Austin: The First African-American to Lead U.S. Central Command

(78) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 12:37 PM

Today, General Lloyd Austin became the first African-American to lead the U.S. Central Command, which has a wide-ranging area of responsibility for 20 countries in the Middle East and southwest Asia. His appointment is effective immediately.

During the change of command ceremony today, Secretary of Defense Chuck...

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No One Should Have to Live in Fear of Violence

(981) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 1:30 PM

Today, President Obama signed a bill that both strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Thanks to this bipartisan agreement, thousands of women and men across the country who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking will be able to access resources they need...

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