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Senior Leadership

Jennifer Pilat

Vice President, Strategy & Engagement

Jennifer Pilat is the Vice President of Strategy & Engagement at MxD where she leads the Institute’s efforts to advance its mission to make U.S. manufacturing more innovative, globally competitive and secure through digital technology, greater cyber awareness and workforce development. Working with the member engagement, business development, external relationship and technology strategy teams, she helps ensure the Institute’s programs and projects drive value for their government partners and industry, academic and government members.

Previously, she was a presidential appointee in the Senior Executive Service of the Obama Administration, serving in a number of roles at the department of commerce, most recently as director of the Advocacy Center, leading the federal government’s advocacy effort for U.S. companies bidding on foreign government procurement and project opportunities. Before joining Commerce, Jenna began her time in the Obama Administration at the White House, and previously served as the Obama for America policy director in Michigan for the 2008 presidential campaign, and for then-Senator Obama in the United States Senate. She began her career working at the Wrigley Company, in Chicago, is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds a global executive MBA from TRIUM, an alliance program offered by the New York University Stern School of Business, the London School of Economics and HEC Paris.