Orlando, Fla. – The League of Women Voters of Florida today announced the hiring of Stephanie Owens as its full time Political Director. Owens most recently served as lobbyist for the League during the 2018 legislative session and the 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission proceedings.
Owens is pleased to take on the role. “I look forward to leading the advocacy efforts to champion good government, increase civic engagement, and empower and protect voters across the state. I admire the League’s dedication to providing fair and impartial information on issues that matter the most to Floridians. It aligns with my life’s work to create good public policy.”
A native of Detroit, Owens has called Florida home for the past 18 years. She has held senior official positions in the White House and the Departments of Health and Human Services, HUD, Commerce, and the EPA. In 1996 she was appointed by President Bill Clinton and HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros to lead a Presidential Task Force formed in response to civil unrest in St. Petersburg, Fla. She directed the collaborative efforts of nine federal agencies providing $46 million in federal assistance programs. Owens also engaged state and local elected officials and business leaders in creating an economic development plan for community revitalization.
Owens created the strategy and policies for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, citizen participation in the community restoration process after the Deep Horizon oil disaster, and improving federal procurement policy for small and disadvantaged businesses.
The League is also hiring Lisa Calleja as its Operations Director. Calleja will oversee the day-to-day operations of the state League office as well as its voter registration and education efforts. Calleja’s career includes ten years with HD Supply Waterworks, a nationwide distribution company. As Manager of Credit, she was responsible for $600M in accounts receivable and supervised a team of seven credit personnel.
“It’s an honor to work for an organization whose core tenets revolve around education, empowerment, and advocacy. I am a League member myself — working as co-chair of the Orange County League’s gun safety team gave me a glimpse at some of the great things the League is working on. I am so excited to get to work on important educational projects like the 2018 voter guide,” said Calleja.
Patricia Brigham, president of the Florida League, offered the following: “We are delighted to continue our work with Stephanie. Having her with us throughout the year will allow us to deepen our legislative and advocacy work. We are equally excited to welcome Lisa Calleja. Her business background, skills, and exuberance are a terrific fit for the League.”