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Post-Obama White House: Where are they now?

August 4th, 2017


Valerie Jarrett has joined Lyft’s board of directors. She’s among the many members of former President Barack Obama’s administration to land prestigious positions with corporate boards, law firms and nonprofits since leaving D.C. six months ago.

Jarrett also secured potentially lucrative positions as author, speaker and board member with Ariel Investments.

The former Obama aides say the greatest challenge in their job search has been finding meaningful work.

“What could you do that’s as awesome as working for your friend at the White House in a position of influence?” acknowledged Michael Strautmanis, who held a few jobs with Obama,  including counselor for strategic engagement. “It created an opportunity for me to step back and ask, what do I want to do in the world and what do I want to learn? What do I want to accomplish?”

For Strautmanis, the answer was right in front of him. He was hired as vice president of the Barack Obama Foundation.

Get more details on who’s landed where in my Taking Names column in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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