Jonathan Priester is the Global Black Community Inclusion Lead at Google serving as a member of the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement team. At Google, Jonathan is responsible for the global advisory of the Black Googler Network (BGN), heading internal black community affairs and managing key partnerships externally in service of Google’s recruitment, retention and brand recognition goals.
Prior to his time at Google, Jonathan has had the opportunity to develop a strong background in digital marketing, merchandising and account management through a combination of digital roles at JCPenney Corporate and agency experience at BBDO, AMV BBDO and The Godwin Group.
Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Jonathan is a graduate of the Boston University College of Communication and The University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts and Humanities. With a Bachelors of Science in Advertising and Masters of Arts in Emerging Media and Communication respectively, Jonathan is trained in both branding and marketing disciplines.
Jonathan currently serves as Co-Lead of the 2018 ADCOLOR Advisory Board, an organization dedicated to tackling issues of inclusion and diversity across advertising, technology and creative industries. Jonathan is also an advisor to the executive board of Operations Crossroads Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to building cross-cultural networks through service based exchange trips in countries across Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean.
Jonathan is a proud member of the 2010 Most Promising Multicultural Student Program and was recognized as the American Advertising Federation 2016 Most Promising Multicultural Student Program Alumni Rising Star.