Paula Williams Madison

Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC and 88 Madison Media Works Inc.

Paula Williams Madison is Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC and 88 Madison Media Works Inc. In 2011, Madison retired from NBCUniversal, where she had been Executive Vice President for Diversity as well as a Vice President of the General Electric Company (GE), then the parent company of NBCU. During her 22 years with NBCU, she held a number of successful leadership roles, including President and General Manager of NBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Regional General Manager for NBCU’s Telemundo TV stations and Vice President and News Director of NBC4 New York. 

Named one of the “75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2005 and included in the Hollywood Reporter’s “Power 100,” she’s been honored by Asian organizations as well, having been recognized in 2014 as one of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business and in 2015, she was honored by the East West Players and AARP with their Visionary Award and by the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles with the Historymaker Award.  

Paula is also the author and executive producer, respectively, of the book and documentary FINDING SAMUEL LOWE, which tell of her successful search to locate her Chinese grandfather’s descendants in China.  

In 2013, Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Madison to the Los Angeles Police Commission where she served as vice president until 2015. 

A dual citizen of both the US and Jamaica, Paula serves on the boards of Sabio Mobile, Inc., the Black Filmmaker Foundation, the Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles, the Center for Asian American Media, Advisory Board of the Advanced Journalism Studies School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation as well as a proud honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Madison also is a board member of her family’s investment company, Williams Group Holdings LLC, the majority owner of The Africa Channel, a cable and streaming channel focusing on the lands, people, culture and history of Africa, seen in the US, Caribbean, Canada and South America.  

A Harlem native, Paula and her husband Roosevelt Madison live in Los Angeles.  

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