Liz Owens: Chief Executive Officer

Salt Lake City, UT – Longtime social justice and human rights advocate Liz Owens has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Utah.

Owens has dedicated her career to gender and racial justice and approaches her work through the lens of understanding the intersecting issues and dimensions of identity. She brings significant experience in domestic violence and the effects of trauma on individuals and families.

Most recently, Owens was Executive Director of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and previously was Director of Community Engagement for Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. She has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and is sought after as a presenter and instructor.

YWCA Utah advances the well-being of women in Utah through safety, opportunity, and advocacy. Since 1906 YWCA Utah has advanced the well-being of women in key dimensions of their lives through direct programming, education, and advocacy designed to encourage their aspirations, protect their rights, and meet their changing needs. The YWCA’s enduring belief has been that better lives for all women lead to stronger families and communities. Current direct programming focuses on violence against women, early childhood education, and women’s leadership development. Research, education, and advocacy and public policy efforts focus on developing the Utah Women’s Well-Being Initiative.