Shonda Grant has been promoted to chief people & culture officer at the Recording Academy. She fills the position after Gaetano Frizzi left the company nine months ago. Grant, a 19-year academy veteran, was most recently managing director, people and culture.
Grant will report directly to Harvey Mason, Jr., chair and interim president/CEO. She will oversee all human resources functions for the academy, the Latin Recording Academy, MusiCares, Grammy Museum and the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation.
“I’m thrilled to have Shonda as our new chief people & culture officer,” Mason said in a statement. “During this new era at the academy, I’m confident that her experience, dedication, passion, and impressive growth mindset will take us into our next chapter — one that works toward creating a more diverse, inclusive and positive work culture.”
Grant played an integral role in hiring Valeisha Butterfield Jones, the academy’s first chief diversity & inclusion officer, and promoting Laura Segura to the role of MusiCares’ executive director. Segura was formerly vp membership & industry relations.
As chief people & culture officer, Grant will lead all transformational change programs, talent development and acquisitions, compensation processes and programs, employee safety and security, and employee well-being. She will also serve as a strategic partner and executive coach to the academy’s senior management team, chapter executives and elected leaders.
Grant is one of eight women among the academy’s top 17 executives, as listed on its website. The others are Butterfield Jones; Debbie Carroll, vp MusiCares (health and human services); Lisa Farris, chief digital officer; Rita George, COO, Grammy Museum; Lourdes Lopez Patton, vp communications; Segura; and Judy Wong, MusiCares, vp finance.