Jill has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of aviation, aerospace and mission-critical communication systems. She holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and earned her Private Pilot License at the age of 17. Her professional career started in the United States Air Force, where she operated and maintained communication and ground-based radar systems worldwide for eight years.
After transitioning to civilian life, Jill worked as an Aerospace Systems Engineer for companies like Boeing, Raytheon, Eclipse Aviation and Northrop Grumman. She supported many platforms including the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) surveillance aircraft for the U.S., U.K. and NATO fleets; the Eclipse 500 jet; the Global Hawk Ground Segment; and the F-35 "Lightning II" Joint Strike Fighter program.
Starting in the spring of 2017, Jill spent two years as a volunteer for Dreams Soar, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire young girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and aviation careers. Shaesta Waiz, Dreams Soar's Founder and President, flew solo around the world in a Beechcraft Bonanza, inspiring over 3,000 young girls and boys to work hard and follow their dreams. Jill handled logistics for the Global Flight and led the planning of the 32 Outreach events in 14 countries. For the following 20 months, she served as Director of Operations and collaborated with hosts around the world to plan more than 30 additional events where they inspired thousands more.
In 2018, Jill started a consulting business to provide management consulting services to aviation and aerospace organizations around the globe, and to offer her expertise and inspiration through public speaking engagements.
For Jill’s lifelong support to STEM and helping the next generation through her mentoring, volunteering and outreach, she has received several awards including the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce 2016 Women in Leadership Award; the National Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 2017 Outstanding Community Service Award; and the AIAA 2018 Outstanding Enhancement of the Image of the Aerospace Profession Award. She was also a Finalist for the San Diego Magazine “2018 Woman of the Year” Award.
Jill is on the Advisory Board of the International Women’s Air & Space Museum in Cleveland, OH. In April of 2019, Jill was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in London, the world’s only professional body dedicated to the aerospace community.