Ms. Owens is Associate Planner for the City of Lebanon, New Hampshire. A native New Englander, she joined Lebanon in 2017, and has been facilitating Master Plan implementation and update efforts, in addition to managing state grant projects under the Transportation Alternatives Program and Certified Local Government program.
Ms. Owens is the staff liaison for the City’s Heritage Commission and Pedestrian & Bicyclist Advisory Committee. Previously, Ms. Owens enjoyed a taste of big sky country as Associate Planner for the City of Bozeman, Montana, Sustainability Program Manager for Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone National Park, and board member for Paradise Permaculture Institute.
In 2014, Ms. Owens earned a Masters of Business Administration degree, with a focus on organizational management for sustainability, from Antioch University of New England in Keene, New Hampshire, where she was a founding organizer of AUNE and NOAA’s Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference.
From 2005-2011, Ms. Owens was a Sustainability Planner and LEED AP for the consulting firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin in Watertown Massachusetts, where without a vehicle, she became an avid advocate for multimodal transportation, regularly utilizing local bus, subway and a bicycle routes in between walking to work. She also has work experiences in renewable energy policy, ecosystem services, and campus greenhouse gas emissions analysis.
Her overall goal interest is the application of systems thinking to benefit public health and quality of life at both the local and global level. Ms. Owens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Ms. Owen has been a resident of Lebanon since 2017 and is a former Ultimate frisbee fanatic who now favors cycling and hiking. She is a strong advocate of multimodal transportation, with interests in clean living, public health, and natural resource conservation.