Jul 31, 2017

Valerie Jarrett joins Lyft's board of directors

While Uber works to find a new CEO, rival Lyft is adding a new board member: Valerie Jarrett, a former Senior Advisor to President Obama and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.

The job: Jarrett is Lyft's first independent board member. The ride-hailing company says it's been looking to hire one for the past several months, and Jarrett is best suited thanks to her experience in both the private and public sectors, including as commissioner of Chicago's planning department and chairing the city's transit board. Lyft co-founder and CEO Logan Green shares this type of experience with Jarrett; in college, he served on his local transportation board.

It's not clear how Jarrett has come to join Lyft's board (representatives for both Lyft and Jarrett provided statements only about having shared values), but we do know that she is a self-proclaimed frequent Lyft passenger.

Talking Uber:

Last summer, at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley, Jarrett interviewed then Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on stage. The two discussed the on-demand economy's impact on labor and found a common interest in criminal justice reform (though

Kalanick made some inaccurate statements

about arrest records and hiring). It's unclear, however, whether Jarrett's joining of Lyft's board means her opinion of Uber has changed over the past year, which has been rough for the company.

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Spain and Italy extended lockdown deadlines on Monday, as Italy became the second country in the world to surpass 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.

The big picture: COVID-19 cases surged past 755,000 and the death toll topped 36,000 by Monday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy reported more than 11,500 total deaths.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Majority of governors order residents to stay home

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At least 29 state governors have ordered their residents to stay home to promote social distancing and limit community spread from the coronavirus pandemic as the U.S. copes with more than 144,000 positive cases — more than any other country in the world, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: COVID-19 killed over 2,500 people in the U.S. by Monday. That's far fewer than in Italy, where over 10,700 people have died — accounting for a third of the global death toll. The number of people who've recovered from the virus in the U.S. exceeded 4,800.

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