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Valeisha Butterfield Jones currently serves as the first Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the Recording Academy and as the co-founder of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN). 

 

Her transformational leadership and ability to inspire professionals to achieve their dreams has been recognized by Forbes Magazine, Fast Company, Harper's Bazaar, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, McDonald's 365 Awards and others.

Valeisha formerly served as the Global Head of Inclusion for Google, Inc., as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the International Trade Administration in the Obama Administration, as the Executive Vice President / Executive Director of RUSH Communications (HSAN), as the National Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the Alzheimer's Association and the National Youth Vote Director for Obama for America (2012), delivering one of the highest youth voter turnouts in American history (12.3M voters; 45% turnout; 18-29 years of age).

 

Valeisha’s career started at HBO Sports and has spanned for two decades with proven community impact at the intersections of technology, politics, and entertainment. 

 

Valeisha was born in Wilson, NC and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University. She currently serves on the board of directors of ColorComm, Hip Hop Sisters Network and the National Basketball Wives Association.

Valeisha is married to NBA champion Dahntay Jones, a proud mom and daughter of U.S. Congressman G. K. Butterfield and N.C. State Legislator Jean Farmer Butterfield.

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