DEC. 1, 2017 - VOL. 54 No. 3

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Owen to lead public policy for the Chamber

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has named Debra Owen, J.D., as its Public Policy Director. She will assume her new role before the end of the year, and will serve as the Chamber's chief lobbyist in Pierre during the 2018 legislative session.

Owen will provide leadership in the area of public policy and advocacy on the local, state and federal levels. Her background includes more than 27 years of experience in both business and government leadership positions, including public policy, advocacy, strategy, planning and implementation.

"We are so pleased to welcome Debra to the Chamber team," said Chamber President and CEO Jason Ball. "Her knowledge, experiences and deep policy expertise will make her an important part of the Chamber and its value to our members. With her leadership, the Chamber will continue to be a strong voice for business."

Owen's extensive public policy experience includes serving as the Vice President of State and Federal Relations for South Dakota hospitals and serving as Senior Staff Attorney and lead agency lobbyist for the Bureau of Human Resources. In addition, she worked for City of Sioux Falls as the Chief of City Council Operations/City Clerk. While there, Owen established the city's first independent internal audit team and incorporated better technology that included performance measurement tools, doubling the productivity of the city clerk's office. Owen is an attorney and has her Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law. She has her undergrad degree in Business Administration from Augustana University.

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