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Valerie June Jarrett (Bowman)

Birthplace: Shiraz, Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James E. Bowman, M.D. and Private
Ex-wife of William Robert Jarrett, M.D.
Mother of Private

Occupation: Lawyer, business woman
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Bowman Jarrett (born November 14, 1956) is a Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama administration. She is a Chicago lawyer, businesswoman, and civic leader.


Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran, to African-Americans Dr. James E. Bowman and Barbara Taylor Bowman. Her mother's ancestry includes French Canadian ( Charles Rochon) and Scots ( Angus Taylor); her father's side includes a person of Jewish background. (1)

In 1983 Jarrett married Dr. William Robert Jarrett (died 1993), son of Chicago Sun-Times reporter Vernon Jarrett. They had one daughter, Laura, before divorcing in 1988.


  1. "Obama advisor reveals Jewish roots" Israel News, 2011


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Valerie Jarrett's Timeline

November 14, 1956
Shiraz, Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)