Deidre Malone is the President/CEO of The Carter Malone Group, LLC (CMG), a public relations, marketing, advertising and government relations firm headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. Before opening the agency in May 2003, Malone served as Vice President of Marketing Development for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. ALSAC is the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the second largest healthcare charity in the United States. She also held the position of Director of Public Relations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Malone plays an active role in the Memphis community. She was elected to the Shelby County Commission in 2002 where she has served as chair of the budget, community services and housing and economic development committees and vice chair of the education committee. In September 2008, Malone made history becoming the first African-American chairwoman of the Shelby County Commission and the first female to chair the budget committee. She spent her last year on the Commission working on funding solutions for public education. Malone ran for Mayor of Shelby County and is the first woman to win a major party nomination for that position.
Malone was appointed to serve as a member of the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) Board and the Memphis and Shelby County Port Authority Board by Memphis Mayor AC Wharton. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Memphis Regional Chamber, Black Business Association, Mid-South Minority Business Continuum, Baptist College of Health Sciences, and Public Relations Society of America. Malone is a Vice President of the National Women’s Political Caucus, past President of the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus and Vice President of the Shelby County Democratic Party, Executive Board of the Memphis Branch NAACP, Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis, and is a trustee at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Malone is a founding member of the Tennessee Public Relations Alliance with McNeely Pigott and Fox in Nashville, Moxley Carmichael Public Relations in Knoxville, Q Strategies in Chattanooga and Hispanic Marketing in Nashville. .
She is a 1999 graduate of Leadership Memphis and in 2001, served as Leadership Memphis Alumni Association President and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Malone hosts a weekly TV talk show – Dialogue with Deidre on M1TVnetwork.com
A graduate of Jackson State University, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Marketing. Deidre and her husband, Dr. Patrick Malone, have two sons, Patrick II and Brian. She is the proud grandmother of Patrick III “Trey” and Bailee Christian.