Jennifer Sanders is Cofounder and Executive Director of the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) a 501c3 public-private partnership dedicated to supporting Dallas’ smart cities strategy. While at the DIA, she has collated a network of three dozen member organizations and works with over 20 departments within the city of Dallas. Its Phase I Smart Cities Living Lab is the fastest-to-market smart cities initiative in the country. The DIA is currently working on projects related to equity, mobility, digital divide and public safety in South and Southern Dallas. In 2020, she co-founded the North Texas Innovation Alliance, which will be the largest such initiative in the U.S., with the mission of creating the most connected, smart and resilient region in the country. Prior to DIA and NTXIA, she consulted clients in myriad industries including energy, technology, finance, economic development and commercial real estate.
She is actively involved with numerous civic organizations in Dallas, serving as a Past President of the mayor’s Star Council, President of the Board of the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas, BoardSecretary of Better Block, Board Treasurer of the West End Association, an Ambassador for the DallasEntrepreneur Center (DEC) among others. In 2019, she received the UN Day Global Leadership Award for advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She has been named to the Dallas BusinessJournal’s 40 Under 40 and Top Women in Technology, State Scoop’s Top Women in Technology, the Tech Week 100, and the Dallas 500. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in psychology with a minor concentration in Economics.