Mathematica Grows Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team

Mathematica Grows Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team

Sep 13, 2021
Images for Cleo Jacobs Johnson and Yasmin Virani

Building on its commitment to shaping an equitable and just world, Mathematica announced the appointment of two new members of its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) team. Yasmin Virani and Cleo Jacobs Johnson will add their expertise and experience to Mathematica’s comprehensive approach to DEI in its work, in its workplace, and in the field. Virani and Jacobs Johnson will work with Mathematica’s chief equity & inclusion officer (CEIO), Dawnavan Davis, to elevate Mathematica’s DEI progress and impact. “This is a critical and important next step in our DEI journey,” said Davis. “Yasmin, Cleo, and I look forward to advancing DEI alongside our colleagues and partners.”

As director, DEI strategy and planning, Virani will serve as a thought partner to the CEIO and help design, plan, and implement Mathematica’s DEI strategy. She is an expert in leading multilevel DEI strategies, and in measuring and achieving results for complex organizations. Virani previously served as the DEI subject matter expert at OCT Consulting, where she was lead DEI strategy consultant for an office of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, helping develop and execute its DEI strategic road map. She earned a master of business administration from Georgia State University and is certified as a project management professional and a diversity professional.

Jacobs Johnson has been with Mathematica since 2009, serving as a senior researcher with expertise in early childhood, education, and family support studies for foundation and federal partners. From 2019 to 2020, she served as Mathematica’s interim chief diversity officer. In her new capacity as senior manager, DEI engagement and outreach, she will engage with external groups, partners, and suppliers to advance Mathematica’s DEI priorities. She will also work with Mathematica’s Diversity Council, Equity Community of Practice, and employee resource groups to enhance employees’ experiences and DEI integration. Jacobs Johnson earned a doctorate in applied psychology and human development with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mathematica is deeply committed to DEI within the company and in its work with clients and partners. We have twice been named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign and for two consecutive years have been recognized as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion by the Disability Equality Index. Virani and Jacobs Johnson will help Mathematica continue to make progress on its DEI journey. They will focus on making Mathematica even more welcoming and inclusive for all employees and collaborating with partners on research and policy to improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding.