Women Comprise Half the Recording Academy’s Executive Staff for the First Time in at Least 20 Years


With last week’s promotion of Kelley Purcell to vice president, membership and industry relations, the executive leadership team at the Recording Academy is evenly divided between male and female executives for the first time in at least 20 years. (Note: The Academy was not able to access historical data further back than 20 years ago.)

There are 22 executives listed on the executive team on the Recording Academy’s website; this includes six executives (three men, three women) with the Grammy Museum and two executives (both women) with MusiCares, the Academy’s philanthropic arm.

In terms of race and ethnicity, there are now four Black executives on the team: Harvey Mason Jr., interim president/CEO; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer; Purcell; and David R. Sears, vice president of education for Grammy in the Schools, Grammy Museum.

There are two Latinx executives, both female (Lourdes Lopez Patton, vice president of communications, and Laura Segura, executive director, MusiCares) and one Asian American (Rex Supa, vice president, production and business development).

In terms of age, a third metric used to gauge its membership, the Academy reports that two of its 22 top executives are under 40 and 20 are over 40.

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