The Honorable Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, participated in a conversation with President Rubenstein. Ms. Jarrett described her role as providing oversight for the “. . . kind of the outreach offices that bring perspectives to Washington that are outside of Washington, whether it is the governors or the mayors or the state legislators and the attorney generals, or whether it is the range of interest groups that we communicate with on a regular basis and ordinary Americans who have thoughts and opinions, too. Part of what I'm supposed to do is bring those ideas into the White House."
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