Valerie B. Jarrett will deliver the 2013 Commencement address at Wellesley College.
Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, will address the Class of 2013 and an international audience of their family and friends at Wellesley College’s 135th Commencement Exercises Friday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Jarrett was chief executive officer of The Habitat Company. She also served as co-chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and senior advisor to Obama's presidential campaign.
Jarrett has held positions in both the public and private sector, including the chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, the commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Chicago, and deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also practiced law with two private law firms.