On July 1, 2017, the McDonalds 365Black Awards was held in Los Angeles. The awards event is known for honoring powerful women in business. This year one of the honorees was Valeisha Butterfield Jones.
Valeisha Butterfield Jones is currently the Head of Black Community Engagement for Google and the cofounder and CEO of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN). She has a deep passion for diversity and inclusion, as evidenced by her work for nearly two decades driving social responsibility campaigns and community engagement programs for corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
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 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.
Valeisha has also been recognized by Glamour, Marie Claire, Elle, Essence Top 40 under 40, Ebony Top 100, Jet, Black Enterprise and Sister 2 Sister Magazines as a leading young executive in the United States with her finger on the pulse of all things youth, entertainment and politics. Valeisha has also appeared on OWN TV’s Light Girls, Aspire TV’s Exhale, Arise News, Arise 360, Centric TV’s Morning Cup, BET News, BET’s 106 and Park and others.