DeDe Lea

Lea is one of the few Black women to hold a senior executive leadership position at a global media and entertainment company. Her group is responsible for local, state and federal advocacy in both the US and internationally, and she also runs regulatory policy for CBS. Her responsibilities only expanded in the pandemic, as she serves as the chief liaison with public health agencies and governmental authorities. Lea’s been busy working with government and industry stakeholders to get production back up and running across ViacomCBS’ portfolio, as well as spending much of 2020 on the company’s get-out-the vote initiatives. She also serves on the television board of the NAB, and on the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

What is one of your proudest moments during the pandemic? Our work to support and encourage civic engagement among ViacomCBS audiences, especially young people, through initiatives such as Vote for Your Life and BET’s National Black Voter Day.

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