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Former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett joins Lyft board

Former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett joins Lyft board

Valerie Jarrett is joining Lyft's board of directors, the company announced Monday, making her the latest of President Obama's former staffers to enter the world of ride-hailing.

Jarrett, the former senior advisor to the president, joins the panel as an independent director, expanding Lyft's board to nine members from eight. She will focus on addressing the problems of urban transportation, a Lyft spokeswoman said, drawing on her background as former commissioner of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development and chairwoman of the Chicago Transit Board in addition to her eight years at the White House.

"I am a frequent Lyft passenger and have been inspired by the...

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