Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, has joined Lyft's board of directors, the company announced Monday.

"Valerie is one of our country's foremost leaders and a distinguished public servant, and a natural fit for our board," Logan Green, Lyft's co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. "She will be a great partner for Lyft as we continue working alongside public transit agencies to provide upward mobility through transportation, reduce congestion, and ultimately reshape our cities. We couldn't be more excited to welcome Valerie to the Lyft family."

Jarrett was a top adviser to Obama and also served as the assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs. Lyft said she will apply her experience addressing issues and opportunities related to urban transportation to the ride-sharing company.

"I am a frequent Lyft passenger and have been inspired by the strong community John [Zimmer] and Logan have created that is dedicated to enlightened corporate values," Jarrett said. "We share a belief that reliable, affordable transportation positively impacts social mobility, and improves the quality of life in densely populated communities. I am thrilled to join the ride."

After Obama left office, Jarrett became an adviser for the Obama Foundation and sits on the board of Chicago-based Ariel Investments.