CMA Welcomes Mia McNeal As Senior Director, Industry Relations & Inclusion


CMA has announced the hiring of Mia McNeal, joining CMA as Senior Director, Industry Relations & Inclusion.  

In the newly created strategic role, McNeal will serve CMA’s ongoing commitment to create lasting change by nurturing an inclusive and equitable culture. Through community building, strategic planning and internal assessment, she will be a critical force in shepherding the organization and those within the Country Music industry towards greater connection. With a shared vision for weaving DEI into the fabric of the CMA organization and the industry at large, McNeal will focus on building an environment where all individuals have the opportunity to not only excel but be a part of the future of the business. As a key member of CMA’s Industry Relations team, she will be responsible for guiding the organization’s DEI strategies and initiatives for CMA staff, members and industry partners, as well as liaising and optimizing with the industry.   

“Mia joined CMA the week before CMA Fest and has already hit the ground running,” says Tiffany Kerns, CMA Vice President, Industry Relations & Philanthropy. “We are thrilled to welcome a truly innovative individual to CMA, who not only shares our commitment to building an inclusive future for our industry where everyone feels welcome, but someone who brings an authentic passion for bettering our business. We recognize that by building a more diverse industry, we have the opportunity to produce better ideas, expand growth and success, and create greater connection with all communities Country Music serves. We look forward to sharing more progress soon as Mia further adds to our work already underway.” 

Prior to joining CMA, McNeal owned and operated her own Ceteris Consulting Group, where she developed diversity, equity and inclusion practices and policies for both small and large companies. With a proven track record for creating belonging concepts, McNeal brings more than 20 years of experience in leading inclusion-related initiatives and programs. McNeal reports to Kerns. Reach McNeal at 

Mia McNeal, Senior Director, Industry Relations & Inclusion
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