Lisa Sanders is the Director of Science and Technology for Special Operations Forces, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (SOF AT&L), U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, where she is responsible for all research and development funded activities.
More than 30 years ago, Lisa entered Federal Service as an Electronics Engineer at Naval Avionics Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she served in quality engineering, production engineering, and program management. In 1996, she transferred to the Naval Air Warfare Center and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, MD, serving as an Electronics Engineer and Program Manager for the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft. In 2003, she assumed responsibility for the production and modification of the CV-22 aircraft. During her time at NAVAIR, she managed one of the first Multi-Year Procurements and executed the modification and delivery of CV-22 production and developmental test aircraft. In 2005, she transferred to USSOCOM, where she retained responsibility for CV-22 production and worked as the Systems Acquisition Manager for the C-130 program managing all C-130 projects across the Special Operations Forces inventory. In 2010, Lisa was promoted to the position of Deputy Director for the Science and Technology Directorate; and the following year was assigned to the position of Director, Science & Technology. In 2014, she left USSOCOM to attend the Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship in Aberdeen, MD. She graduated in 2015 and was assigned to Headquarters, Air Force serving as the chair of the Air Force Capability Development Working Group. In 2016, she was selected as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader.