Feature: Valeisha Butterfield-Jones

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones

Recognized by ESSENCE Magazine as a top executive under 40, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones has blazed a trail in public and private sectors for more than a decade.

Valeisha served in the Administration of U.S. President Barack Obama from 2009 – 2011 as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for International Trade. Prior to receiving a Presidential appointment, Valeisha served for more than six years as the Executive Director of Russell Simmons’  Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to voter education and youth empowerment.  Valeisha also served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusiveness for the Alzheimer’s Association and as the Field Coordinator to Chief Justice Henry Frye of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Valeisha’s is the co-founder and chair of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), a global non-profit organization of women and men committed to supporting, promoting and defending the balanced, positive portrayal of women in entertainment and society.  The organization currently has more than 45,000 active members and provides educational programs for young women  worldwide.

Valeisha graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.


Valeisha is the daughter of United States Congressman G.K. Butterfield and North Carolina State Legislator Jean Farmer Butterfield.







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