New York Public Radio Names Monique Jefferson Chief Human Resources Officer
Jefferson brings 20 years of global, diverse experience leading HR operations and strategy at Hogan Lovells, New York Life Insurance, and Merrill Lynch
(New York, NY — February 11, 2021) – New York Public Radio (NYPR), home of WNYC, WQXR, Gothamist, WNYC Studios, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and New Jersey Public Radio, announced today that Monique Jefferson has been named Chief Human Resources Officer. Her appointment is effective late February.
Jefferson brings over 20 years of experience in human resources helping organizations develop and execute employee-centric strategies across all areas, from talent management and recruitment to DEI and organizational culture. Throughout her career, she has driven transformational change across organizations, most recently as Head of HR for Business Services across the Americas region and Head of the Global HR business partner function at Hogan Lovells, one of the top 10 international law firms.
In her new role, Jefferson will be responsible for setting strategy and developing a human resources agenda that supports and aligns with NYPR’s mission, strategy and goals. She will also lead much of the work outlined in New York Public Radio’s newly-developed Race Equity Action Plan. Jefferson will report to President and CEO Goli Sheikholeslami.
“I am thrilled to welcome Monique, a seasoned executive with a breadth of experience across all areas of HR, to New York Public Radio,” said Sheikholeslami. “Monique’s distinguished track record building and strengthening HR functions, as well as her deep commitment to DEI, make her a perfect fit to oversee HR strategy and operations at NYPR in 2021 and beyond.”
“Now more than ever it is important to ensure that NYPR’s workforce, and the news and programming we produce, are inclusive and reflective of the communities we serve,” said Jefferson. “I look forward to partnering with Goli, the executive team, and the entire organization to strengthen our mission-driven culture, and support the transformative work our employees do every day.”
Prior to Hogan Lovells, Jefferson was Vice President of Human Resources for New York Life Insurance Company in New York City. As a Senior HR Business Partner, she led a team that provided strategic HR client support to all corporate functions. Before that, Jefferson spent over seven years with Merrill Lynch in the Global Markets & Investment Banking division, where she piloted the company’s first Diversity Mentoring Program. Earlier in her career, Jefferson worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pricewaterhousecoopers. Jefferson graduated from Bentley University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from The New School. Jefferson is a recipient of the Harlem YMCA Black Achievers in Industry recognition and The Network Journal’s “40 under 40” achievement award.
About New York Public Radio
With an urban vibrancy and a global perspective, New York Public Radio (NYPR) produces innovative public radio programs, podcasts, and live events that touch a passionate community of 23.4 million people monthly on air, online and in person. From its state-of-the-art studios in New York City, NYPR is reshaping radio for a new generation of listeners with groundbreaking, award-winning programs including Radiolab, On the Media, The Takeaway, Dolly Parton’s America, Carnegie Hall Live, and Aria Code, among many others. New York Public Radio includes WNYC, WQXR, WNYC Studios, Gothamist, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and New Jersey Public Radio. Further information about programs, podcasts, and stations may be found at www.nypublicradio.org.