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Valeisha Butterfield-Jones        

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at The Recording Academy

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

An award-winning activist, author, and executive, Valeisha formerly served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the International Trade Administration, as the Executive Director of Rush Communications and as the National Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Alzheimer’s Association. Valeisha’s career started at HBO Sports and has spanned two decades with proven community impact at the intersection of technology, politics, and entertainment.

Valeisha has been recognized by Forbes, Elle’s Top 10 Women to Watch, Essence’s Top 40 under 40, Harper's Bazaar, Ebony’s Power 100 (2x), TheRoot100 (2x), Glamour, and others. She hosts the podcast Off the Record with Valeisha and wrote the highly-acclaimed book The Girlprint, a career mentorship guide for young women. A graduate of Clark Atlanta University, a North Carolina native and a loving wife and mom, Valeisha now calls California home.

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