On Monday morning, the ride-sharing company Lyft announced that Valerie Jarrett, who was once a top advisor to President Barack Obama, has joined their board of directors.
“I am a frequent Lyft passenger and have been inspired by the strong community John and Logan have created that is dedicated to enlightened corporate values,” Jarrett said in a statement. “We share a belief that reliable, affordable transportation positively impacts social mobility, and improves the quality of life in densely populated communities. I am thrilled to joint the ride.”
Logan Green, one of the co-founders of the company who now serves as CEO, also had this to say of Jarrett: “Valerie is one of our country’s foremost leaders and a distinguished public servant, and a natural fit for our board. She will be a great partner for Lyft as we continue working alongside public transit agencies to provide upward mobility through transportation.”
Green founded the company alongside John Zimmer, who also served on the board, along with General Motors president Dan Ammann.
During her tenure at the White House, Jarrett served as assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs and worked on issues regarding the economic welfare of families and the country at large.