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Executive Directors

Kim Owens

Executive Director at Year Up Arizona

Kim Owens is Executive Director of Year Up Arizona, which launched in January 2015 in partnership with Maricopa Community Colleges.

Prior to joining Year Up, Kim served as Vice President of Workforce Solutions at the University of Phoenix’s Community College Center of Excellence. There, she formed collaborative partnerships with more than 500 community colleges across the country to help fulfill their shared mission of building a globally competitive workforce. She brings more than twenty years of leadership experience in higher education, technology recruiting, hospitality and sales.

Kim 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. She lives in Phoenix with her husband, Dan, and has long been a community advocate on initiatives to address homelessness, education pathways and workforce development.

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