Mathematica’s Cleo Jacobs Johnson Tapped as Director of DEI Implementation and Engagement

Mathematica’s Cleo Jacobs Johnson Tapped as Director of DEI Implementation and Engagement

Sep 21, 2023
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Research and data analytics organization Mathematica has promoted Cleo Jacobs Johnson to director of DEI implementation and engagement. In her new role, Jacobs Johnson will oversee Mathematica’s day-to-day DEI operations and strategic plan implementation and will continue to lead Mathematica’s internal DEI engagement efforts. Jacobs Johnson will oversee efforts to enhance diverse talent acquisition and retention, internal DEI capacity building and capability expansion for projects and clients, as well as demonstrating through our people, work, and practices that DEI is central to advancing our mission to improve public well-being.

“I’m eager to take on this new role to support Mathematica’s continued DEI journey,” Jacobs Johnson said, “Mathematica’s commitment and intentional actions to deepen DEI in all that we do is one of the reasons why Mathematica is a great place to work!”

“Cleo’s deep organizational knowledge and commitment to DEI advancement has added tremendous value to our DEI team and the organization,” said Dawnavan Davis, vice president and chief equity and inclusion officer at Mathematica. “She has been instrumental in developing and implementing Mathematica’s first DEI strategic plan, working with staff and leaders across the company to move our DEI efforts forward.”

Jacobs Johnson began her career at Mathematica as a survey researcher and leads qualitative studies for several foundation partners. Her research portfolio includes studies of informal neighbor childcare for the Packard, W.K. Kellogg, and William Penn foundations and a study of children of military and veteran caregivers for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. She previously served as Mathematica’s interim chief diversity officer and helped launch key initiatives, including Mathematica’s Employee Resource Group program.

Jacobs Johnson holds a Ph.D. in applied psychology and human development from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.S. in human development and family studies from Cornell University.

Mathematica is deeply committed to DEI both within the company and in its work with clients and partners. Jacobs Johnson will help Mathematica continue to make progress on its DEI journey, collaborating with staff and partners to shape a more equitable and just world.