Valeisha Butterfield Jones is the Global Head of Community Inclusion for Google and the co-founder and CEO of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN).
A well-rounded business leader, Valeisha has a deep passion for diversity and inclusion. The evidence is in her portfolio of work, spanning two decades of driving social responsibility campaigns and community engagement programs for corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Valeisha’s career began as an unpaid intern for music mogul Russell Simmons. She quickly made her mark within Rush Communications and the entertainment industry at large, when she was appointed to serve as one of the youngest Executive Director’s of a national organization at the time, responsible for bridging the gap between pop culture, celebrities and social responsibility. Her award-winning programs focused on voter engagement and financial literacy for young Americans 18 -35 years old throughout the United States and Canada.
Her work received global recognition and in 2009, Valeisha was appointed to serve in the Administration of U.S. President Barack Obama as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for International Trade and as the National Youth Vote Director for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, where she helped to deliver one of the highest youth voter turnouts in American history.
Prior to her work in Washington, Valeisha also co-founded the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), a nonprofit organization charged with providing career development and mentorship opportunities for women of color with the mission to create balance in the positive portrayal of women in entertainment and society.
Most recently, Valeisha authored the highly acclaimed book, The Girlprint, a mentorship guide for young women. Her Youtube series, Valeisha’s Desk, gives women her own tried and true lessons on how to excel in business.
Valeisha has been recognized as one of our country’s most respected leaders in business and philanthropy, including the City of New York’s Leadership Award (2015), the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Leadership Award (2015), City & State’s Top 25 Women in Leadership Award (2014), The Jessie Banks Foundation’s Humanitarian Award (2014), Essence Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Women’s Leadership Award (2012), Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Award (2012, 2018), Elle Magazine’s Top 25 Most Inspiring Women (2015), TheRoot100 (2012), Glamour Magazine and Marie Claire Magazine.
She is also regularly featured on Black Entertainment Television, Centric, Revolt TV, Aspire TV, Arise News and others. Affiliated with a number of professional and civic organizations, Valeisha is a member of the national board of directors of iVote for America and the HipHop Sisters Network, founded by music legend MC Lyte.
Valeisha is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and a North Carolina native, but now splits time between New York City and Los Angeles. She’s married and the mother of two sons.