Jenni Owen, senior lecturer of public policy at Duke’s Sanford School, has been appointed Policy Director by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. She will serve in the office of the governor.
“Jenni brings a wealth of knowledge in public policy but more importantly cares deeply about the people of North Carolina,” Gov. Cooper said. “She’s a collaborator who can look at our challenges across issues to find smart, strategic solutions."
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Owen is the director of policy engagement at the Sanford School, and facilitates interaction between researchers and policy-makers. In addition to teaching and advising both undergraduates and graduate students, she directs the North Carolina Family Impact Seminar, an initiative that presents the NC General Assembly with briefings on issues affecting families.
From 2008-2014, she was the director of the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium. She has served as a consultant to the University of North Carolina system, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers. From 2009-2016, Owen was co-director of the Duke University School Research Partnership. In 2007 she was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship to South Africa and in 2010 launched DukeEngage Durban (South Africa), an annual immersive service program for undergraduates.
Prior to coming to Duke, she was a senior policy advisor to Governor James B. Hunt and planning director for the Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy.
“Jenni Owen is bright, talented, and committed, and will do great work on behalf of the citizens of North Carolina,” said Kelly Brownell, dean of the Sanford School.