Paula Madison was appointed
Vice President - Police Commissioner
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.
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), various real estate, consumer, financial and trading
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
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
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
A native of Harlem, Madison and her husband Roosevelt reside in Los