Valerie Jarrett

by gamer20 on January 16, 2015

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Birth Name: Valerie June Bowman

Place of Birth: Shiraz, Iran

Date of Birth: November 14, 1956

Ethnicity: African-American, smaller amounts of Creole [French and African], Scottish, and Native American/Algonquin First Nations

Valerie Jarrett is an American attorney, businessperson, and civic leader. She was Senior Advisor to the President of the United States, and Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, both from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017.

Valerie was born in Shiraz, Iran, to American parents, James E. Bowman (James Edward Bowman), a physician, and Barbara (Taylor) Bowman, an early childhood education expert/advocate, author, and professor. Her father ran a children’s hospital in Iran at the time of her birth. Her mother was among the four founders of the Erikson Institute for child development. Valerie was mostly raised in the U.S., in Chicago. She has a daughter with her former husband, late medical professional William Jarrett.

Valerie’s parents were/are both black, as were all her grandparents.

A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Valerie’s genetic ancestry is:

*49% European
——–approx. *28% Irish and Scottish
——–*16% Scandinavia
——–*3% Western Europe
——–*2% Ashkenazi Jewish
*46% Sub-Saharan African
——–*24% Nigeria
——–*8% Congo
——–*6% Ivory Coast and Ghana
——–*5% Senegal
——–*2% Southeastern Bantu
——–*1% Benin and Togo
*5% Native American

Valerie’s paternal grandfather was James Edward Bowman (the son of William Henry Bowman and Mary E.). James was born in Washington, D.C. William was the son of Nelson Bowman.

Valerie’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy Peterson (the daughter of George Lee Peterson and Mildred Waddy). Dorothy was born in Washington, D.C. George was the son of Lee Peterson and Laura Tyler.

Valerie’s maternal grandfather was Robert Rochon Taylor (the son of Robert Robinson Taylor and Beatrice Francis Rochon). Valerie’s grandfather Robert was born in Alabama. Valerie’s great-grandfather Robert was an architect, who was the first accredited African-American architect, and was also the first African-American student enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1888; he was the son of Henry Taylor and Emily Still. Beatrice was the daughter of Victor Narcisse Rochon and Leonora.

Valerie’s maternal grandmother was Laura Dorothy Vaughn Jennings (the daughter of Neros Jennings and Laura Smith). Valerie’s grandmother Laura was born in California. Valerie’s great-grandmother Laura was the daughter of Ella Vaughn.

Valerie had once stated that one of her great-grandfathers was Jewish. No Jewish ancestry has evidently been documented for Valerie Jarrett, and none of her great-grandfathers were Jewish (at least in the traditional sense). However, her DNA test result did state that she has 2% Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, which means she likely had a Jewish ancestor several more generations back.

Sources: Genealogies of Valerie Jarrett –

Valerie’s maternal grandfather, Robert Rochon Taylor, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Obituaries and genealogies of Valerie’s maternal great-grandparents, Robert Robinson Taylor and Beatrice Rochon –

Genealogy of Valerie’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Jean-Stéril Narcisse Rochon (focusing on his father’s side) –

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andrew September 9, 2018 at 4:43 pm

on her maternal “Rochon” line, she has 1/1024 First Nations (Kaskaskia) ancestry, descending to Catherine Exipakinoea/Exipakinoca

andrew September 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm
andrew September 24, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Robert Robinson Taylor was the first accredited African-American architect. He was also the first African-American student enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1888.

andrew September 24, 2017 at 1:17 pm

genealogy of Valerie’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Jean Narcisse Rochon:

andrew September 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm
lelo4 October 15, 2015 at 5:46 pm

looks like cheryl’s mother

Kimmel May 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm

I agree.

tUMAGA July 28, 2018 at 2:27 am

i agree too

the same thing i thought

neiltennant September 10, 2018 at 4:28 am

i agree too

Dogg March 17, 2015 at 12:12 am

At first glance I thought she was biracial or quadroon.

cwm85 July 15, 2015 at 2:51 pm

She is Obviously. I’m her complexion and im black, Scottish, English and native American mix. I’m the same as her except for no French.

andrew January 17, 2015 at 4:26 pm

US is a curious country, you can look like that but your parents are/were STILL “black”..OK

follers March 5, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Well, look at the DNA result.

fuzzybear44 March 5, 2016 at 11:21 pm

man are we tainted over here or what. That’s it, I don’t want to know my percentage anymore

andrew September 24, 2017 at 2:48 pm


Do you know your %?

fuzzybear44 September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

Yes I do, but I will keep the amounts to myself. The Test did prove that my family is of Black, white, and Native American ancestry.. However I had no idea, we had all these other European backgrounds would pop up, including Russia, Finland , Italy, Jewish etc. French and Spain I knew, even Ireland was always a possibility , but Scandinavia and Euro East

fuzzybear44 March 5, 2016 at 11:18 pm

@ Andrew

You should know by now, that being black is more than just our skin color , it’s also a shared mentality. You also have to remember that your white American counterparts over here were/are very curious/ racist people. Any visible signs of being black, meant you were black

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