- Recording Academy appoints Valeisha Butterfield Jones as first-ever Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer.
The Recording Academy has announced Valeisha Butterfield Jones as the first-ever Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. Butterfield Jones previously was the global head of inclusion at Google. She will be reporting to Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason jr. effective May 11.
“We are thrilled to welcome Valeisha Butterfield Jones into the Recording Academy family,” Mason jr. said. “Valeisha has been a force in driving systemic change and enhancing equal opportunities for underrepresented groups across entertainment, technology and politics. I’m excited to work with her to continue evolving the Recording Academy as an organization that represents our music community and a place where all voices are welcomed, supported and nurtured. We are so fortunate to have Valeisha’s leadership in this crucial area.”
Butterfield Jones will bring inclusion practices across all areas of the Recording Academy, which will include internal and external programs, organizational and staff culture, membership, awards, and related initiatives. She will be tasked with designing, building, and implementing world-class programs and industry standards focused on inclusion, belonging, and representation for underrepresented communities and creators.
“The Recording Academy has an opportunity and responsibility to ensure that diversity and inclusion is embedded in its core values. I’m deeply honored to join the Academy as we enter a new chapter of transformational growth, leadership and change,” Butterfield Jones said. “During this unprecedented time in world history, together we will double-down on our focus to drive systemic change and equitable outcomes for underrepresented communities and creators.”
Butterfield Jones has been a strong trailblazer in the community. Prior to Google, she served as the national youth vote director for the Obama for America campaign, deputy director of public affairs for international trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Obama Administration, executive director at Rush Communications (Def Jam Enterprises, Baby Phat, Phat Farm, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network) and as the national director of diversity and inclusion for the Alzheimer’s Association. She began her career at HBO Sports. Butterfield Jones also co-founded the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) in 2007, a nonprofit global coalition of women and men to create a positive portrayal of women in the entertainment industry.