Chief Diversity Officer, MasterCard Worldwide
Donna Alligood Johnson is chief diversity officer for MasterCard Worldwide and is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s integrated global diversity and inclusion strategy. In her role as chief diversity officer, Ms. Johnson is focused on creating and executing programs that leverage diversity to create a work environment that fosters inclusion and innovation; increases employee productivity and engagement; develops the company’s talent pipeline; and ultimately drives business results.
Since joining MasterCard in 1995, Donna has held positions of increasing responsibilities in the B2B Marketing Group and the Commerce Development Group. In 2008, Ms. Johnson launched the MasterCard Business Resource Group (BRG) for employees of African descent, known as “LEAD” and served as the BRG co-chair; the BRG program has since grown to include eight distinct employee cohorts representing a variety of diversity dimensions. Ms. Johnson is also a member of the MasterCard Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and the Multicultural Steering Committee. Under Ms. Johnson’s leadership, MasterCard has scored 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for three years and has steadily risen in the ranks of DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity, most recently advancing to #15.
Prior to MasterCard, Ms. Johnson held positions at Citicorp, Inc., in the Information Services Division where she was responsible for the retail acquisition and sales efforts in support of the bank’s proprietary database marketing products. Ms. Johnson started her career at the New York advertising agency BBDO, as an account manager responsible for a variety of packaged goods and service clients.
Ms. Johnson was the first recipient of the MasterCard Harlem YMCA Black Achiever Award which recognizes African American professionals for their outstanding contributions as a member of the corporate community. Ms. Johnson was nominated as one of the 2011 National Diversity Council Most Powerful and Influential Women in the tri-state area and was selected by Black Enterprise magazine as a Top Executive in Diversity for 2011. In 2012 Ms. Johnson was recognized by Uptown Professional magazine as one of the Top 100 Executives in America and by Savoy Magazine as a Top Influential Woman in Corporate America. Diversity Journal has named her a Woman Worth Watching in 2013 and she is one of The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business.
Ms. Johnson received her Bachelor of Science degree in social psychology from Tufts University in Medford, MA and Masters of Science in Strategic Management and Leadership from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.