Owen grew up in the Los Angeles area and moved to Santa Cruz to attend UC Santa Cruz. Owen has wide experience in all aspects of the Residential and Commercial Real Estate Development Process with special emphasis in governmental relations within the Land Use entitlement process. Owen has long experience in creating “win-win” public/private partnerships for the development of affordable housing in heated, complex political environments. Owens local career started as a lead player in the creation of the first public/private partnership with the County of Santa Cruz Redevelopment Agency to develop one of the first large scale affordable housing project in Soquel, known as “The Farm” with Fran Wagstaff and Mid Pen Housing in Santa Cruz County. Owen and his partners created the first Conservation Bank approved by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for the sale of conservation credits for Sandhills parkland habitat in Santa Cruz County.
Current local projects include:
JV Partner entitling 205 unit mixed use project in Downtown Santa Cruz with Devcon Investments
Entitling 145 mixed use project with Doug Ross overlooking the San Lorenzo River on Front Street in Downtown Santa Cruz.
Owen holds a BA Degree from UC Santa Cruz in Environmental Design and MS from Columbia University in Real Estate Development.