Ms. Owens has spent over 20 years in public service, as an appointee of both President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton. She held senior official positions in the White House, and the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce and the Environmental Protection Agency. During her tenure, she 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.
Stephanie, a native of Detroit, Michigan, has called Florida home for the past 18 years. In 1996, she was appointed by President Clinton and HUD Secretary Cisneros to lead a Presidential Task Force, formed in response to civil unrest in St. Petersburg FL. She directed the collaborative efforts of nine federal agencies providing $46 million in federal assistance programs. Ms. Owens also engaged state and local elected officials and business leaders in creating an economic development plan for community revitalization.
Owens is the principle of Dolphin Strategies LLC, a community engagement and strategic partnerships firm specializing in creating corporate social responsibility and public participation strategies that create impactful civic engagement and foster healthy communities.
Ms. Owens is an active member of many professional organizations and boards.
She served as the 2nd Vice President and Chair of Voter Protection for LWV of the St. Pete Area; Member of the LWVF Board and Chair of Voter Advocacy and Election law, Board Member of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; and Board Member of the ACLU of Pinellas.
Ms. Owens earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.