Dr. LeMia Jenkins is a passionate communications professional. She has a vast history of public relations, political and strategic communication, operations, government relations, and corporate development experience.
LeMia currently serves as the Global Head of Communications for Pinterest, setting the communications vision for relevant and timely stories about how more than 400 million Pinners around the world use Pinterest. Prior to joining Pinterest, LeMia served as Director of Global Communications and Media Relations for Walmart. In this role, she served as the national spokesperson for Walmart’s corporate communications team. Overseeing the day-to-day operations of Walmart media relations and the Press Office. Her team was responsible for crisis management, triaging incoming media inquiries, supporting operators, and managing rapid response communications for all United States stores. In addition, she served as a strategic partner to legal, public affairs, government relations, operations, marketing, merchandising, emergency operations, the Walmart Foundation, and global security and investigations.
Most recently, LeMia worked for Caesars Entertainment as Director of External Affairs. During her tenure with Caesars, LeMia directed the strategic focus of the External Affairs portfolio for Caesars Entertainment including Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility communications and strategy. She served as director of the company’s political action committee and participated in an executive development where she learned business and casino operations from the ground up.
LeMia has a rich history of advancing priorities and initiatives that elevate a strategic focus. Before working with Caesars Entertainment, LeMia served as Communications Director for the Hillary for America campaign. In this capacity, she managed the regional public affairs operation consisting of digital planning, social and traditional media strategy, budget, public relations, political operations, speech writing, coalition building, and GOTV. Preceding to her work with Hillary for America, LeMia returned home to serve as the first Director of Federal Relations for Jackson State University. In this role, she developed, coordinated and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan for strengthening the university’s identity and reputation in scientific and scholarly research and corporate development, resulting in over twenty million dollars for the institution.
LeMia has served numerous members of the United States House of Representatives, helping to tactically assist in significantly raising the political profile of each member. Additionally, LeMia worked tirelessly to aid in passing legislation in the key areas of healthcare, social security, education, homeland security, and economic development.
LeMia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Tougaloo College, she earned a Master of Public Health (Marketing and Health Communications) from The George Washington University. She has studied Healthcare at the Hebrew University in Israel and Doctorate in Education from the University of Mississippi.