Saturday, November 15, 2008
Valerie Jarrett will be a senior adviser and assistant to the president for intergovernment relations and public liaison.
She will advise the Obamas while overseeing the administration's relations with other elected officials, traditional interest groups and the "movement" that Obama nurtured during his presidential campaign and wants to keep alive during his tenure.
Chicagoans have known her for years because she is one of the best-connected people in the city, a fixture in the city's elite corporate, civic and social life. She is an early-morning regular at the East Bank Club.
Jarrett, once a summer tour guide at the Museum of Science and Industry while a kid, is now a trustee on the museum board. Once a clinic coordinator (a clerk) at the University of Chicago Medical Center -- another summer job -- Jarrett is now the chairwoman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees.
During the campaign, in which she frequently traveled with Obama on his plane, Jarrett continued as president and chief executive officer of the Habitat Co., one of Chicago's largest real estate firms.
Pic and story via Suntimes.com
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