Hailing from South Carolina, Smalls has dedicated her career to advancing diversity and inclusion. She has also been a fierce advocate for youth empowerment, spearheading national campaigns centered on reducing childhood obesity, ensuring there is equity within youth sports and recreation programs and encouraging younger generations to use civic engagement as an avenue to better their communities.
The University of South Carolina alumna’s career spans politics, the nonprofit sector and media. Smalls was the director of South Carolina’s Private Industry Council for Governor Richard Riley and Chief of Staff for Congressman Robin Tallon. She has also led impactful work with the NAACP. Smalls is a founding member of the Black Economic Alliance.
Smalls currently holds the position of Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion and Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Kids & Family Entertainment Brand at ViacomCBS. She works to ensure the company’s DE&I values are interwoven across its platforms. Her work sits at the intersection of corporate social responsibility, diversity and policy.
Welcome to the 2 newest members of the #Heisman Board of Trustees: Dan Reed & Marva Smalls. They join us in our commitment to utilize sports & educational opportunities to enhance the lives of underserved youth in diverse communities across the country. https://t.co/qDvTqdfmsg
— The Heisman Trophy (@HeismanTrophy) January 26, 2022
News Source: NewsOne / Written Credits: Brandee Sanders