Diversity and inclusion are as essential as creativity and innovation for success in a global marketplace”1 – Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Chief of Staff for Nickelodeon, MTVN Kids and Family Group, and Executive Vice President of Global Inclusion Strategy, MTV Networks.
Marva Smalls started her career in South Carolina in the public sector serving as director of South Carolina's Private Industry Council for Governor Richard Riley and later as Chief of Staff for Congressman Robin Tallon. She worked in both local and national government and with the NAACP. Smalls earned her Bachelor’s degree and later a Master's Degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina. She is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Francis Marion University and Coker College in South Carolina.
Smalls currently is the Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Chief of Staff for Nickelodeon, MTVN Kids and Family Group, and Executive Vice President of Global Inclusion Strategy, MTV Networks. Together with the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, she created Nickelodeon's 'Let's Just Play' national campaign to help reduce childhood obesity. Smalls also spearheaded 'The Big Help' which is an award-winning national campaign to encourage and empower kids to pledge volunteer service to their communities.
Marva Smalls serves on several boards that have a cause in improving the quality of life for children including: Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina; Northside Center for Child Development in New York City; Big Brothers-Big Sisters of America; the National Council for Families and Television; the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation; the South Carolina Educational Television Endowment Commission; the University of South Carolina's Education Foundation; and Noggin, which is a joint-venture education channel between Nickelodeon and Sesame Workshop. She also serves on the boards for the National Bank of South Carolina, the National Democratic Institute, and is an active member of the Executive Leadership Counsel where she speaks about empowerment and mentoring.
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