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Ex-Obama Adviser Jarrett Joins Lyft Board of Directors

Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to President Obama, has joined the board of directors for Lyft.

The announcement was made Monday on the ride-sharing company’s website.

“Valerie is one of our country’s foremost leaders and a distinguished public servant, and a natural fit for our board” said Logan Green, co-founder and CEO of Lyft. “She will be a great partner for Lyft as we continue working alongside public transit agencies to provide upward mobility through transportation, reduce congestion, and ultimately reshape our cities. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Valerie to the Lyft family.”​

“From day one, Lyft has been shaped by our core values that focus on service to our communities of drivers, passengers, and team members. Valerie shares these principles, and has a perspective that will push Lyft forward as we work to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation,” added John Zimmer, co-founder and president of Lyft.

In addition to her time as an Obama adviser, the company touted her experience in Chicago, where she worked on issues related to urban transportation through her roles as the city’s commissioner of planning and development and as chair of the Chicago Transit Board.

“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,” she said in the 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 join the ride.”

With the addition of Jarrett, Lyft’s board of directors expands from eight to nine members.

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