Valerie Jarrett to join Obama Foundation

By TONIA HILL
Staff Writer

Hyde Parker and former senior advisor to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett has agreed to serve the Obama Foundation as an advisor, according to Jarret’s advisor. Jarrett will work with Obama and the leadership from the foundation including Chairman Marty Nesbitt and CEO David Simas to assist as the team develops the Obama Presidential Center (OPC).

As an advisor, a role she will be taking on pro bono, she will help the foundation in fundraising, developing programming, and building support for the OPC. Jarrett, who maintains residences in Chicago and Washington, D.C., will spend time working in both offices.

Jarrett also is continuing her commitment to advocate for important issues including equality for women and girls, criminal justice reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the importance of diversity in building a strong and resilient economy. Last week, Ariel Investments announced her election to their Board of Directors. She plans to serve on more corporate boards and pursue other business opportunities in the future.

Jarrett was the longest serving senior advisor to Obama she oversaw the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girl.

The OPC will be situated in Jackson Park. Groundbreaking for the OPC is expected in late 2018 and will open to the public in 2021.

It will house a library holding the Presidential archives, a museum focusing on the Obama Presidency and space for programs and initiatives that advance the foundation’s public mission.

t.hill@hpherald.com