ANSI - American National Standards Institute

Past Chair of the Board

Mary Saunders

Mary Saunders

Interim Chair of the Board June 2014 – December 2014
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Ms. Saunders was the interim chair of the ANSI Board of Directors from June to December 2014. She has also served as a vice chair on the ANSI Board of Directors, and received the George S. Wham Standards Leadership Medal in 2011.

Mary Saunders is the associate director for management resources for the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

In this capacity she is responsible for all NIST-wide institutional support and administrative offices and their functions, including: workforce management, information technology and services, safety and environmental management, facilities maintenance and construction, accounting and finance, acquisitions and grants management, budget formulation, strategic planning, and emergency response.

Ms. Saunders has extensive federal government executive-level experience and has served in a variety of positions within the Department of Commerce, which involved maintaining overall responsibility for program organizational excellence in program management, hiring, budget implementation, performance evaluation, safety, computer security, and space utilization.

Ms. Saunders previously served as the director of NIST’s Standards Coordination Office. In this capacity, she represented NIST and its significant interests in the standards and conformity assessment community, advising the NIST director and other officials throughout the Administration on policy and strategy as they relate to the federal government’s role in standardization.  She also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services in the International Trade Administration, managing more than 200 industry specialists, economists and international trade experts. In that capacity, she helped strengthen the competitive position of U.S. industries globally by coordinating Commerce Department strategies, policies and programs with U.S. industries in mind.

Ms. Saunders earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from Vanderbilt University, and holds a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University.

ANSI is a not-for-profit membership organization that brings together organizations from both the private and public sectors dedicated to furthering U.S. and international voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessments. ANSI accredits national standards developing organizations and approves American National Standards. It is the sole U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI is also a member of the International Accreditation Forum, the Pacific Area Standards Congress, and the Pan American Standards Commission.

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