2019 Sustainer of the Year

Ambassador Jeanne L. Phillips

The Honorable Jeanne L. Phillips, US Ambassador (ret.) currently serves as Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs and International Relations of Hunt Consolidated, Inc., the family of companies owned and operated by the Ray L. Hunt family of Dallas, Texas.

Her responsibilities include all activities relating to local, state, national and international government affairs for all of the Hunt family of companies.  Additionally, as the company spokesperson, she oversees all media relations; crisis media management; external communications; internal communications and brand management.

Ambassador Phillips has been instrumental in developing and maintaining Hunt’s close relationships with the executive branch of the US government and the US Congress as the Company has sought to enter new markets, such as Peru, Romania, and the Kurdistan region of Iraq.  Domestically, she has provided strategic advice to Hunt’s senior leadership on ways to navigate federal and state legislative and regulatory requirements as they developed growth strategies in the fields of oil and gas exploration, refining, electric utility infrastructure, and private equity investment.

In addition to this senior management role, Ambassador Phillips is President of Hunt Global Partnerships, the division of the Hunt companies responsible for community engagement activities that bring together local communities, government entities and nongovernmental organizations to create sustainable projects offering critical services needed for individuals and their families living in Hunt’s area of influence in countries where the company has operations.

Previously, 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.

Her current board and committee affiliations include: the board of the George W. Bush Presidential Foundation; the Board of Trustees for Southern Methodist University; Board of Trustees, American University of Paris; Baylor Health Care System Foundation board; chair, executive board of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development; the Council on Foreign Relations, New York; the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies advisory board, Washington, D.C.; The Cooper Institute board of trustees; the board of directors of the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU; the executive committee for SMU’s Dedman College; the board of New Friends New Life; and the Alamo Endowment board and Southwestern Medical Foundation board, trustee ; Board of Directors, Turtle & Hughes Inc., a privately held company in Linden, NJ.

In the fall of 2005, she was recognized as one of the 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 the 100 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; Council of American Ambassadors; International Women’s Forum; Junior League of Dallas; Brookhollow Golf Club (one of the “original ten” women voting members); Founder’s Garden Club.  Ms. Phillips was a delegate to the World Economic Forum in New York in 2002 and in Davos, Switzerland, in 2003.

A native of Arkansas, Ms. Phillips graduated from Southern Methodist University. She has lived in Dallas, Texas since 1976, where she has been honored for her committed community involvement, having served on numerous community boards not listed here. Ambassador Phillips was married to the late David M. Phillips and is the mother of Margaret Haley Phillips.  She is a member of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and supports The  American Cathedral in Paris, France, where she is a visiting member.