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Jennifer Sanders is Cofounder and Executive Director of the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) a nonprofit public-private partnership dedicated to the design and execution of a smart cities plan for Dallas. She brings to the role expertise across a broad array of industries, including energy, technology, economic development and finance. DIA’s goal is to elevate Dallas as a city that is not only prepared for – but a driving force in shaping – the future of cities, and provide opportunities for prosperity for its citizens. While at the DIA, Jen has collated a network of 30 member organizations, and works with over 20 departments within the City of Dallas and Dallas County to accomplish an aligned smart city strategy, beginning with the implementation of the Smart Cities Living Lab in the West End District in downtown Dallas. This Living Lab incorporates nine smart city projects into a compressed corridor, and the resulting platform will pull in startups, entrepreneurs and university researchers to develop and test additional products and solutions. The Living Lab is the fastest-to-market smart cities project in the country.
Jennifer is actively involved with numerous civic organizations in Dallas, serving as President of the Mayor’s Star Council, on the Board of the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas, an Ambassador for the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) and the Advisory Board for Dallas-based retail and lifestyle startup, Edition Collective, among others. She has been named as a Top Women in Technology by the Dallas Business Journal, one of Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, the Dallas 500 and TechWeek 100. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor concentration in Economics.