Jennifer S. Santos

General John H. Tilelli, Jr., USA (Ret), Chairman of Cypress International, is proud to announce that Ms. Jennifer S. Santos will join Cypress International, as Vice President, USAF and DoD Innovation, upon her departure from the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, effective 1 August 2017.  “Jennifer comes to us with over 20 years of extensive experience; she is highly regarded as an USAF leader with a breadth of knowledge in national strategic matters.  Serving in the executive and legislative branches combined with her previous industry experience makes her a phenomenal tri-sector leader. Jennifer is a strategic thinker and problem solver as well as a proven acquisition professional; government financial specialist; and congressional staff member.  Her demonstrated expertise in preparing, justifying, executing and evaluating DoD programs and budgets will be a great addition to our Cypress team.  Of note, Jennifer’s recent experience as Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Washington D.C. will be of tremendous value to our clients.  We welcome her to our team of leaders at Cypress International.”  

Jennifer’s experience includes:  Senate Professional Staff Member with oversight of OSD Strategic Capabilities Office, DARPA, DIUX, USAF aircraft procurement, Navy RDTE, and Army Aviation procurement programs; Special Program Review Group (SPRG) Executive Secretary and Division Chief, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Acquisition (SAF/AQ), Washington, D.C.; Special Access Programs (SAP) financial management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller (SAF/FMB), Washington, D.C.  She also worked for ANSER, Anteon Corporation, and Alion Science and Technology as an acquisition and budget specialist, with experience on F-22, advanced missiles and USAF anti-tamper programs for SAF/AQ. 

Ms. Santos is a graduate of University of Tennessee-Knoxville, with an MBA in Aerospace and Wheeling Jesuit University with a BS in Mathematics.