Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce - MEDIA RELEASE
     
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2017

Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce names Debra Owen as Public Policy Director

SIOUX FALLS — The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announces that Debra Owen, J.D. has been named Public Policy Director. She succeeds Mark Lee, Ed.D. who is leaving to become market president of Reliabank Dakota.

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.

Owen will assume her new role before the end of the year.



Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Mission:
As the leading Sioux Falls area business advocate, we represent our members by advancing and promoting the economic health and quality of life of the region.

Contact:
Jennie Doyen
Marketing & Communications Manager
(605) 373-2054
jdoyen@siouxfalls.com

   

 
 
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