Meet the Founders

After more than a decade leading top recruiting and workforce consulting firms, The JPI Group was founded by Paul and his wife, Iyomekha “Yom” Douglas, in 2015.

Today, The JPI Group is one of the most diverse staffing firms in the country.

During the pandemic, The JPI Group has managed to continue thriving and received the prestigious 2020 National Minority Supplier Diversity Council Supplier of The Year Class II Award (Class II: $1 million to $10 million in sales).

The couple is proud to be an example of grit and commitment.

As first-generation Americans, Paul, and Yom (natives of Jamaica and Nigeria, respectively) were each raised by single mothers in disadvantaged communities. They quickly learned the power of employment and strong work ethic in changing the trajectory of one’s life. But it would prove to be a career within the staffing industry that prompted their decision to establish a family-owned company. The pair was driven by a strong desire to create strategic job growth and a clear path to STEM careers ― within the same communities that they were raised in years ago.

Since its founding, the JPI Group has placed hundreds of diverse candidates into STEM roles nationwide.

“This is part of the greater vision to place 10,000 diverse STEM candidates at top companies within the next five years. We believe this effort will help empower and bridge the incredible wealth gap in communities around the country.”

Paul and Yom Douglas, Founders of The JPI Group

As EMSDC board members, mentors and parents, The Douglas’ are known for their community impact initiatives and strong desire to give back. Fortune 500 companies have also leaned on their consulting and service expertise as a top strategic supplier diversity partner. Raving clients include Peco-Exelon, Aramark, DNV GL, Comcast, City of Philadelphia and NYSERDA.


Within the past year alone, Paul and Yom have been featured in the Philadelphia
Inquirer, MinorityBusiness News and The Lou Hutt Show on Sirius XM.

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JPI Certifications

Federal Certifications

  1. National Women’s Business Enterprise | WBE
  2. Minority Business Enterprise | MBE
  3. Woman Owned Business
  4. Small Disadvantaged Business | SDB
  5. Women Owned Small Business | WOSB
  6. African American Business Enterprise | AABE
  7. Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business | EDWOSB
  8. Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise | DBE

State and City Certifications

  1. AZ | Arizona Department of Transportation | DBE
  2. CO | Colorado Department of Transportation | DBE
  3. IL | City of Chicago | DBE
  4. IL | Chicago Transit Authority | SBE
  5. NY & NJ | The Port Authority of NY & NJ | MWBE
  6. NY | New York Empire State Development | MBE
  7. NY | New York City Department of Small Business | MBE
  8. PA | Commonwealth of Pennsylvania | MBE & SDB
  9. PA | Pennsylvania Department of Transportation | DBE
  10. WA | Washington State Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises | DBE
  11. VA | Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity | DBE


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