Cleo Jacobs Johnson

Senior Researcher and Manager, DEI Engagement and Outreach
Name Pronunciation: CLEE-o JAY-kobs JON-son
Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Employee experience
  • Qualitative research
About Cleo

Cleo Jacobs Johnson oversees Mathematica’s internal and external engagement, partnership, and program efforts focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Jacobs Johnson previously served as Mathematica’s interim chief diversity officer and helped launch key initiatives including Mathematica’s Employee Resource Group program and Equity Community of Practice.

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 child care 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.

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.

Key Projects
  • PACT Fathers
    Parents and Children Together (PACT)

    Parents and Children Together (PACT) is a six-year evaluation of the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grant program to help couples build and sustain healthy relationships and marriages, and to strengthen positive father-child interaction.

  • female entrepreneur
    Kauffman Firm Survey

    The Kauffman Firm Survey aimed to help new business owners overcome start-up challenges and build innovative, growing companies. Mathematica conducted the study to help the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation with its mission to promote new business development.

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