Barbara Owens, M.S.


Deputy Director for External Affairs  
Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education (HDIRE)  
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Ms. Owens is a seasoned professional with a diverse portfolio of senior level administrative experiences in communications, resource development, board development, special event planning, volunteer management/training and community relations. 

Her extensive career has spanned over three decades and has included employment within both the non-profit and private sectors as: Vice President of Business Development for Hamilton Anderson Associates, in Detroit, MI; Vice President of Development at the Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI; Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Tuskegee University; Vice President of Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago; Regional and Telethon Director for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF); and Director of Individual Giving at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2010, she returned to Tuskegee University to serve as the Executive Assistant to the Interim President of Tuskegee University, Dr. Charlotte Morris. In 2011, she accepted a position with the newly established Health Disparities Institute and is responsible for developing and managing collaborations and relationships with external constituents, as well as all marketing, communications and resource development activities.

Earlier in her career, she served as a frequent speaker at local and national fundraising seminars and conferences; guest lecturer at DePaul University; adjunct faculty at the University of Pittsburgh; consultant at the former University of Pittsburgh Arsenal Family and Children’s Center; and held leadership positions on the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Leadership Detroit. 

Owens received an undergraduate degree in elementary and special education from Michigan State University; a Master of Science degree in child development from the University of Pittsburgh; and completed all coursework toward a doctorate degree in higher education administration from the same institution.