Desiree is a heavy hitter -- she comes with her own range of contacts from around the countryRogers to be White House social secretary Nov 24, 2008
While we may disagree on some issues, we have an open door and are always willing to consider input and ideas from everyone, including the business communityWhite House extends open hand to CEO Jul 13, 2010
He's not demanding that it's in there; he thinks it's the best possible choiceAide: Obama won't demand public option Oct 19, 2009
There's an agreement on 90 percent of what we're trying to accomplish hereAide: Obama won't demand public option Oct 19, 2009
You've got this huge national deficit; we've got to do what we can to bring that down. At the same time, it's important to stimulate the economy, and the federal government has to do its partEconomic Outlook: Keeping score Oct 20, 2009
Valerie Bowman Jarrett (born November 14, 1956) is a senior advisor and assistant to the president for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama administration. She is a Chicago lawyer, businesswoman, and civic leader. Prior to that she served as a co-chairperson of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.
Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran to American parents James E. Bowman and Barbara Taylor Bowman. Her father, a pathologist and geneticist, ran a hospital for children in Shiraz, as part of a program where American doctors and agricultural experts sought to help jump-start developing countries' health and farming efforts. When she was five, the family moved to London for one year, returning to Chicago in 1963.
In 1966 her mother, Barbara T. Bowman, was one of four child advocates that created the Erikson Institute. The Institute was established to provide advanced knowledge in child development for teachers and other professionals working with young children.