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Jill earned her pilot's license at the age of 17 and has more than 40 years of experience in aviation and aerospace, including eight years active duty in the U.S. Air Force. After transitioning out of the military, she worked for several companies including Boeing, Raytheon, Eclipse Aviation and Northrop Grumman, on programs including the NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), Global Hawk, the Eclipse 500 Very Light Jet, and the

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Since 2017, Jill has been a management consultant, providing her expertise to aviation and aerospace organizations around the world.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was elected to their Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2021. As an acknowledgement of her contributions to the industry, Jill was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2019.




Jill has received many awards including the San Diego Chamber of Commerce “Women in Leadership” Award and the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) “Outstanding Enhancement of the Image of the Aerospace Profession” Award. She was a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s “Woman of the Year,” and was selected as one of the New Mexico Technology Council's “Women in Technology” honorees. Jill was named #3 on a list of the Top 62 Women in Aviation & Aerospace in the world to follow in 2021 on LinkedIn.


In 2022, the global organization AeroTime Hub announced for International Women's Day that Jill was the recipient of the AeroTime Aviation Achievement Award.

And in May 2022, the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) selected Jill for the prestigious Katharine Wright Trophy.


Jill has been inspiring the next generation for more than 20 years through mentoring, outreach and speaking engagements. She has been a keynote speaker at conferences, museums, schools, and STEM outreach events across the nation. Her presentations educate the audience about aviation and aerospace careers and address the importance of balance in organizations regarding the presence of women.

Jill is a long-time member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and Women in Aviation International (WAI). She has been President of three WAI chapters around the country, most recently founding the first WAI chapter in New Mexico, the WAI Land of Enchantment Chapter.


Jill is one of many Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) role models featured on a STEM Trading Card!

This is a wonderful project from Science Delivered, a non-profit organization providing elementary science education and promoting equitable access to science for young learners.

You can also find Jill in the FabFems database, hosted by the

National Girls Collaborative Project.


Jill is also a "serious amateur" photographer and has been taking photographs of her surroundings since she was 12 years old. 


You can see some of Jill's work on this Exposure photo story website:

Jill Meyers - Told With Exposure