19 Mar Deputy Mayor: Stephanie Owens
Owens formerly served as the principal of Dolphin Strategies LLC, in St. Petersburg, FL. The firm creates public education and participation strategies that deliver impactful citizen engagement and foster healthy communities. Stephanie also creates voter education and issue advocacy campaigns for companies that promote employee civic and volunteer engagement. She has designed strategies for the American Cancer Society, National Football League, NASCAR, and the African National Congress. Stephanie is a veteran of eight presidential campaigns. She was the 2008 Florida Political Director for Obama and a Florida Voter Protection Advisor for Clinton in 2016. Stephanie began her career as a computer scientist and systems engineer with IBM and Xerox.
Ms. Owens is nationally known for building critical cross-sector alliances and coalitions to influence government and corporate policies to enrich communities. She is skilled in intersectional diversity and inclusion and advises entities on culturally competent strategies to create authentic inclusion programs that improve organizational outcomes. In addition to serving on many boards, Stephanie provides volunteer advocacy training for constituencies and grassroots organizations in disenfranchised communities.