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Larry Massanari to Head Board of Directors at Mathematica Policy Research

Contact: Joanne Pfleiderer, (609) 275-2372

photo of Larry MassanariPRINCETON, N.J. (November 11, 2009)—Mathematica Policy Research announced that Larry G. Massanari will become chairman of the board of directors in April  2010. Massanari will succeed Anita A. Summers, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Management, University of Pennsylvania, who was named chair in 1992 and will continue to serve on the board.

Mathematica president and CEO Paul Decker, said, “We thank Anita for her years of dedication to Mathematica and for the extraordinary service she has provided as chair over a period of dynamic growth. She is the embodiment of our mission, a champion of excellence and objectivity and an exceptional leader. Those qualities are shared by Larry Massanari, who continues our tradition of bringing external perspectives to company leadership to ensure quality and accountability in all we do. Larry will protect our mission and core values at the same time that he helps us to respond to our clients’ needs.”

Massanari, who will be the fourth chair in Mathematica’s history, joined the firm’s board in 2007. He spent nearly 40 years in various management and leadership roles with the Social Security Administration (SSA) before retiring from the agency in 2003. He was regional commissioner for the Philadelphia region from 1987 to 2003, directing operations for the mid-Atlantic states. Former President George W. Bush appointed Massanari acting commissioner of the agency from March to November 2001.

Massanari received numerous awards for outstanding achievement while at the Social Security Administration. He was a three-time Presidential Executive rank award winner and was also the recipient of four Commissioner’s citations, the highest honor conferred upon SSA employees.

A graduate of Western Michigan University, Massanari completed graduate studies at Northwestern University. A resident of Exton, Pa., he serves on the boards of the MMA Trust Company, Bridge of Hope National, and Tel Hai Retirement Community.

“I am honored to serve on Mathematica’s board of directors and to have been named the new board chair,” Massanari said. “Mathematica has a rich tradition of excellence and enjoys a well-deserved reputation for high quality, innovation, and analytical perspective. The company is a trusted leader in its field, and its employees are helping to shape public policy through their rigorous research and unique understanding of complex policy issues. I support and encourage their continued commitment to excellence and integrity. All of us on the board are deeply grateful to Anita Summers for her vision and creative leadership.”

Anita Summers added, “I am appreciative of having had the opportunity to participate over these 17 years in Mathematica's large growth in employees, revenue, breadth of work, and reputation. I have been a beneficiary in so many ways—following the merits of major policy initiatives closely; having the pleasure of interacting with the strong and effective leadership of Chuck Metcalf, Paul Decker, and the senior staff; and, in years where the climate is highly politicized and cynical, associating with this island of impeccable integrity. Larry and I have met for lengthy discussions about the job of board chair and Mathematica's future, and we will continue to do so. He understands Mathematica with a nuanced depth, and I assure all of you that the transition will be seamless.”

Other individuals who have joined Mathematica’s board recently include Lee Gatewood, Senior Investment Strategist, Green Square Capital Advisors, LLC; Jane Scaccetti, Partner, Drucker & Scaccetti, P.C.; and Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, Senior Fellow; Director, Brown Center on Education Policy, the Brookings Institution.

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