Sapphires on the Campaign Trail

Valerie Jareett is often said to be one of the most powerful women in Chicago, holding several important positions. Throughout her career, Ms. Jarrett has tried to close the gaps between races, classes.


“VALERIE B. JARRETT, 51, is Chief Executive Officer, and previously was Managing Director and Executive Vice President, of The Habitat Company, a private residential developer and property manager. Ms. Jarrett is 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. She is a director of Navigant Consulting, Inc., RREEF America, II and The Joyce Foundation.”

Most recently she has been in headlines for her position as one of Barack Obama’s advisers. Mr. Obama was quoted in saying “She is one of our best friends, somebody who is practically a sister” to him and his wife, Michelle, Mr. Obama said in a recent interview. “I don’t make any major decisions without asking her about them first.” Wall Street Journal

As Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are fighting for their parties presidential nomination, Valerie Jarrett will be standing by Obama’s side guiding him in her Calvin Klein tailored suits, diamond earrings and a large blue sapphire ring.