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Valeisha Butterfield Jones

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, business acumen, 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. Jones formerly served as the global head of inclusion for Google, Inc., deputy director of public affairs for the International Trade Administration during the Obama Administration, and executive vice president / executive director of RUSH Communications (HSAN), to name a few. Her career started at HBO Sports and has spanned two decades with proven impact at the intersections of technology, politics, and entertainment. Jones 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. Jones 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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