Jar­rett picks up spot on Lyft board

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Douglas Ernst

Va­lerie Jar­rett started the month with a book deal and ended it by land­ing on Lyft’s board of di­rec­tors.

It has been a lu­cra­tive month for for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s long­est-serv­ing se­nior ad­viser — she sealed a book deal with pub­lish­ing house Vik­ing in early July and joined the pop­u­lar ride-hail­ing com­pany Lyft on Mon­day.

“For months, we’ve been look­ing to add new skills sets, ex­pe­ri­ence, and per­spec­tive to our board,” the com­pany said on its of­fi­cial blog. “And we couldn’t have found a bet­ter part­ner than Va­lerie, an in­cred­i­bly in­flu­en­tial and re­spected busi­ness­woman and civic leader.”

Ms. Jarett also re­leased a state­ment say­ing that she is a “fre­quent Lyft pas­sen­ger” who is “thrilled to join the ride.”

“We share a be­lief that re­li­able, af­ford­able trans­porta­tion pos­i­tively im­pacts so­cial mo­bil­ity, and im­proves the qual­ity of life in densely pop­u­lated com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

Lo­gan Green, co-founder and CEO of Lyft, called Mr. Obama’s con­fi­dante “one of our coun­try’s fore­most lead­ers and a dis­tin­guished pub­lic ser­vant, and a nat­u­ral fit for our board.”


Va­lerie Jar­rett, a for­mer se­nior ad­viser to Pres­i­dent Obama, will join Lyft’s board of di­rec­tors.

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