Jennifer Sanders has just been appointed as the first executive director of the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA), a smart city initiative that aims to improve the quality of citizens’ lives through new technologies.
A public-private partnership that’s dedicated to the design and execution of a smart cities plan for Dallas, the DIA has set itself the mission of developing a scalable smart cities model for Dallas. That model calls for the development of social and technological infrastructures and solutions that can foster sustainable economic growth in the city. The end goal is to elevate Dallas’ profile to that of a driving force in shaping the future of smart cities and, ultimately, to provide new opportunities for the prosperity of all Dallas citizens.
The initiative has already secured some substantial backing from the City of Dallas, as well as numerous corporations, including Microsoft, General Electric (GE) and IBM, as well as academia, private individuals, NGOs and civic organizations.
In a statement, Sanders said she was honored to have been selected as the DIA’s first executive director, a role that will see her take the lead in a number of initiatives aimed at boosting the city’s social and technological infrastructure.
“There is tremendous energy and momentum surrounding DIA’s work from our partners, community organizations and citizens,” Sanders said. “I look forward to harnessing this enthusiasm and working with our partners to build out our projects in the West End and across the city.”
Sanders, who cofounded the DIA alongside well-known local entrepreneur Trey Bowles, brings a wealth of expertise to her new role, having previously worked in the local energy, technology, economic development, nonprofit and finance industries.
Bowles said he was thrilled that Sanders had accepted the role of executive director at the DIA. He said that she was the best possible choice for the role, given her passion for creating sustainable cities and her experience with other smart cities across the world.
“We are excited to see Dallas become a leader in implementing Smart Cities solutions and showcasing the innovative spirit of our region,” Bowles said.
Sanders has a long history of serving the local community. She currently serves as the president of the Mayor’s Star Council and also sits on the board of the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, as well as the advisory board for Dallas startup Need Edition. In addition, Sanders is also an ambassador for the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, serving as an advocate and mentor for dozens of entrepreneurs and startups in the community.
Here at Launch DFW, we’d like to wish Sanders the very best of luck as she embarks on her mission of transforming Dallas into the Smart Cities leader it deserves to be.