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Kim Owens

Founding Executive Director - Year Up Arizona


Kim Owens is the founding executive director of Year Up Arizona. Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. 

Kim brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in higher education, technology recruiting, healthcare and hospitality. Prior to joining Year UP, Kim served as Vice President of Workforce Solutions at the Apollo Education Group. There, she formed strategic partnerships with more than 500 community colleges across the country to help fulfill their shared mission of building a globally competitive workforce. Kim also led a Global Solutions team, with the purpose of building-demand driven, scalable, academic solutions for Fortune 500 companies. 

Kim currently serves on the executive committee and local board for Opportunities for Youth. She has also served on the board for Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) and UMOM New Day Centers; and was an active member of key industry organizations such as American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Kim received a BS in Journalism/Public Relations from San Diego State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Kim and her husband Dan live in Phoenix and are active advocates in the community for youth, homelessness, education and workforce development

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