Our President and C.E.O
Deborah De Sousa Owens, Ed.D
Dr. Deborah Owens is a fresh voice in the national education debate. She is a passionate educator and an advocate for underprivileged young people. From her early days of teaching children in church to later helping underprivileged college students and finally to teaching and administrative roles in public education, her focus has always been on helping young people realize their potential.
Dr. Owens, who holds a doctorate degree in education from Vanderbilt University, advocates a pragmatic approach to addressing the problems of urban education. She is fond of saying, “If it works, I’m for it. I don’t care who gets the credit as long as the children get the benefit.”
Dr. Owens has a background that includes work in business and non-profit organizations in addition to education. She has an undergraduate degree in business and worked at several major New York ad agencies. She also managed a nonprofit organization providing scholarships to disadvantaged students before working as both a teacher and a school administrator.
Dr. Owens’ passion is helping underprivileged children get the education they need to have a better life. “Education has made all the difference in my life, and my hope is that everyone can have the opportunities I’ve had,” she says.
Dr. Owens, along with her husband, the Rev. William Owens, Sr., have launched a new initiative, working with community, ministry, education and political leaders to focus attention on the needs of urban students and their families.
Download a PDF version of Dr. De Sousa Owens' biography here!