Jeanne L. Phillips
Ambassador Phillips has been a businesswoman for more than two decades in Texas, owning and operating one of the premier high-dollar fundraising companies which she established in 1981. In April 2005, she joined Hunt Consolidated, Inc. where she now serves as Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs and International Relations. She also serves as President of Hunt Global Partnerships, Inc. which oversees social investments around the world on behalf of the company.
Ambassador Phillips served President George W. Bush as the United States Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with rank of Ambassador in Paris, France from 2001 until the summer of 2003. While at the OECD, she was the chief spokesperson for the United States on issues and policies before the OECD. Her primary policy interests were the enforcement of the Anti-Bribery Convention for the OECD, corporate governance and reform of the OECD (a post WWII organization) for the 21st century. Upon her return to the United States, she founded International Strategic Partners, Inc. and accepted the role of Texas Vice Chairman for the Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign and for Victory 2004 with the Republican National Committee.
Following both the 2001 and 2004 Presidential campaigns, she was appointed by President Bush to serve as Executive Director and then Chairman of the 54th and 55th Presidential Inaugural Committees. She is believed to be the only woman to lead two successive inaugural committees. As Executive Director of the 54th Presidential Inaugural Committee, in just 32 days she mobilized and led a team of 600 employees and over 3,000 volunteers working with local and national governmental agencies, the U.S. military and numerous elected officials to plan and implement a complete schedule of Inaugural events.
Ambassador Phillips served as Senior Advisor for National Finance in the 2000 Presidential campaign of then Governor George W. Bush, developing the original fundraising plan (Bush Pioneers) and structure for the finance organization in collaboration with the National Finance Chairman and the Finance Committee. She subsequently served as Deputy Chairman for Operations at the Republican National Committee in Washington, DC for Victory 2000 where she was extensively involved in budget activities, managing a volunteer national finance committee of over 2000 individuals during the general election.
A native of Arkansas, Ambassador Phillips graduated from Southern Methodist University. She has lived in Dallas, Texas since 1976, where she has been honored for her committed community involvement.
Her current board and committee affiliations include: the Board of the George W. Bush Presidential Foundation; the Board of Trustees for SMU; the Board of Trustees for The Hockaday School; the Board of Directors of The American Hospital of Paris Foundation; Chair of the Executive Board of SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development; the Board of Governors of the Dallas Foundation; the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City; the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies Advisory Board, Washington, DC; The Advisory Committee on International Economic Policies for the U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC; The Cooper Institute Board of Directors; the Junior League of Dallas Community Advisory Board; Ronald McDonald House Advisory Board; Safer Dallas Better Dallas Board; the Board of Directors of the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU; the Executive Committee for Dedman College; the Dallas Summer Musicals Chairman's Circle; and the Advisory Board for the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.
In addition, Ambassador Phillips was a delegate to the World Economic Forum in New York in 2002 and in Davos, Switzerland in 2003. In the fall of 2005, she was recognized as one of the 2005 Southern Methodist University Distinguished Alumni. In 2006, Kappa Kappa Gamma honored her with the prestigious National Alumnae Achievement Award. She received the YWCA Centennial Award in 2008, naming her as one of one hundred of the most influential women in Dallas over the past 100 years. Current memberships include: Charter 100, Inc.; Dallas Assembly; Dallas Woman's Club; Philosophical Society of Texas; American Petroleum Institute; Consular Corps of Dallas-Fort Worth; and St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.