Paula Madison was appointed to the Board of Police Commissioners by Mayor Eric Garcetti in August of 2013. She was immediately elected to the Vice President post by her fellow Police Commissioners.
Vice President - Police Commissioner
Commissioner Madison is Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, a division of Williams Group Holdings LLC, a Chicago-based investment company wholly owned by her family. Madison Media Management LLC is a Los Angeles limited liability company which invests primarily in emerging media, entertainment and communication businesses.
Williams Group Holdings manages its significant investments in media (The Africa Channel), a sports franchise (WNBA’s Los Angeles team, The LA Sparks), various real estate, consumer, financial and trading businesses.
Chairman of The LA Sparks, she is also a member of the WNBA Board of Governors.
In 2011, Commissioner Madison retired from NBCUniversal, where she had been Executive Vice President of Diversity as well as a Vice President of the General Electric Company (GE).
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.
In 2007, she was appointed to lead diversity for NBCU. It was the first time a company officer assumed a full-time responsibility as the business-lead for diversity. That same year, Commissioner Madison was named a Company Officer for GE, then the parent company of NBCU, now operated by the Comcast Corporation.
In 1989, she returned to her native New York City as NBC4’s Assistant News Director, becoming the station’s Vice President and News Director in March 1996.
Her career as a journalist led to a 1996 Peabody Award for NBC4 New York’s investigation, “A License to Kill.” Commissioner Madison’s continued dedication to quality journalism helped NBC4 Los Angeles earn numerous Emmy, Golden Mike and Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Honored for corporate leadership and community outreach, Commissioner Madison was 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.”
A marathoner, Commissioner Madison also received the “Citizen of the Year Award” from the City of Los Angeles Marathon in 2004 and the Anti-Defamation League’s “2003 Deborah Award.” Ebony Magazine listed her in the “Power 150 in Media.”
Madison is a Board Member of Greater Los Angeles United Way, the California Science Center Foundation, Vice Chair of National Medical Fellowships, the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, Cardinal Spellman High School, Chair of The Nell Williams Family Foundation as well as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
A native of Harlem, Madison and her husband Roosevelt reside in Los Angeles.