Dr. LeMia Jenkins Thompson

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Dr. LeMia Jenkins Thompson, Chief Communications Officer

Dr. LeMia Jenkins Thompson is an executive leader with a vast history of building and overseeing strategic communications, marketing, business development and operations functions at high profile organizations. Her expertise spans the corporate, technology, government and entertainment sectors.


Thompson is currently Chief Communications Officer at Pinterest, setting the communications vision and strategy as the platform, which currently reaches hundreds of millions of Pinners around the world, continues to evolve and grow. She oversees all aspects of corporate, internal, international, consumer and product communications as well as public affairs and strategic planning.


Thompson was previously the Director of Global Communications and Media Relations for Walmart and the Director of External Affairs for Caesars Entertainment. Preceding these roles, she served as Communications Director for the Hillary for America campaign. She also returned home earlier in her career to serve as the first Director of Federal Relations for Jackson State University after working for several members of the United States House of Representatives.


As an influential expert and leader, Thompson has received several awards and recognition across the industry for her work. In 2021, PR Week recognized her as one of the industry’s “In-House Elites” and one of the year’s “Women to Watch” honorees. She was also a featured speaker at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit and named as one of Essence’s 8 Black Women to Watch in Corporate America.


Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Tougaloo College and 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 has a Doctorate in Education from the University of Mississippi. Thompson is also a former adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas.