Valeisha Butterfield Jones
Co-President, Recording Academy®
Valeisha Butterfield Jones serves as Co-President for the Recording Academy®. In her role, she is responsible for management, strategic planning and growth for the organization, including People and Culture, Membership, Awards, Advocacy, Communications, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and related initiatives. She leverages data insights and delivers practical solutions to solve complex problems.
Butterfield Jones previously served as the Recording Academy's first Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, responsible for advancing the Academy's mission and ensuring that diversity and inclusion are core to business values and standards, demonstrated throughout the organization. She oversaw the designing, building and implementation of world-class programs and industry standards focused on inclusion, belonging and representation for underrepresented communities and creators.
Prior to joining the Recording Academy, Butterfield Jones spent two decades driving change and accelerating business outcomes for global brands at the intersections of entertainment, technology and politics.
Butterfield Jones served as the global head of inclusion for Google, Inc., responsible for accelerating diversity, equity and inclusion outcomes for underrepresented communities internally and externally across the global brand. In this role, she led strategies and teams across the United States, EMEA, APAC, and LatAm, focused on access to quality education, growth for minority-owned businesses, global partnerships, and pathways into S.T.E.A.M. for historically marginalized groups. She also served as the national youth vote director for the Obama for America campaign, helping to deliver one of the highest youth voter turnouts in American history, and in the Obama Administration as the deputy director of public affairs for International Trade. She also held positions as the national executive director and senior vice president of Rush Communications/the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and as the national director of diversity and inclusion for the Alzheimer's Association. Her two decades-long career began at Home Box Office (HBO Sports).
In 2007, Butterfield Jones co-founded Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), a nonprofit, global coalition of people committed to the balanced, positive portrayal of women in the entertainment industry.
Her leadership has been recognized by Forbes and Glamour, and featured on Ebony magazine's Power 100, The Root 100, Essence magazine's Top 40 Under 40, Elle magazine's Top 25 Most Inspiring Women, Fortune, and others.
Butterfield Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Clark Atlanta University. In 2021, she was awarded the Pathways to Excellence Award, presented annually to Clark Atlanta University graduates who have consistently made a proven impact in the lives of others.