Jeanette Saunders

Vice President of Management Services & Strategy

Jeanette Saunders is a distinguished professional with over 25 years of successful Strategic Planning & Performance, Organizational Development, Human Resources Management, Strategic Talent Management, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion experience, including 15 years in the aviation industry both as a consultant and as an airport executive. Her work has helped multiple airports, as well as other organizations, receive national, industry, and local awards and recognitions pertaining to overall performance, talent management, and DEI.

Currently, Ms. Saunders performs as the Vice President of Management Services & Strategy for Jacobsen|Daniels, an aviation Planning, Operations, and Implementation firm, where she leads a team of project managers, consultants, and analysts in customized management strategies and solutions designed to achieve organizational success and competitiveness, including developing culturally competent organizations. She also serves as the Co-Vice Chair of AMAC’s Aviation Professional Development Committee.

Prior to joining Jacobsen|Daniels, Ms. Saunders served as the President/CEO of the Presidents’ Council Minority Business Chamber & Foundation, helping minority-owned businesses grow and thrive as well as advocating for state and local policies that advance a stronger, more economically vibrant minority community. She also previously held positions as the Chief Administrative Officer & Chief of Staff for the Cleveland Airport System, where she oversaw all aspects of the airport management in addition to managing the organization’s strategic priorities in collaboration with forty-two (42) direct and indirect reporting executives and senior managers. During her tenure at CAS, she helped the organization receive the ACI-ASQ 2009 “Most Improved Airport in the Industry” and the 2014 ACI-NA “Diversity Inclusion Champion Award.” Her accomplishments also awarded her Crain’s Business Magazine 2012 HR Executive of the Year.