Valerie Jarrett, one of President Barack Obama's longest-serving advisors, will become ride-hailing service Lyft's ninth and final board member, Recode reported.
Lyft announced Jarrett's appointment Monday, adding her to a group of directors including high-profile players from General Motors (GM) - Get General Motors Company Report , Trulia Inc (TRLA) , Icahn Capital and more. Jarrett is an adviser for the Obama Foundation and previously served as President Obama's assistant for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs.
Jarrett also served as the chair of the Chicago Transit board from 1995 to 2003 and headed Chicago's department of planning and development, making her a "natural fit" at Lyft, the company said.
"Reliable, affordable transportation positively impacts social mobility, and improves the quality of life in densely populated communities," Jarrett said. "I am thrilled to join the ride."
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