Appointee Profile: Rachel K. Owen

Appointee Profile: Rachel K. Owen

Dr. Rachel K. Owen was recently appointed to the Environmental Quality Commission for Jefferson City, Missouri.

Dr. Owen co-founded Missouri Science and Technology (MOST) Policy Initiative in 2016 and has served as the executive director since June 2019. As MOST Director, Rachel has worked to identify key decision points in the state legislative process and provide timely and relevant scientific information to policy-makers. Additionally, MOST equips scientists to effectively engage with decision-makers and hosts science policy workshops and events statewide.

Dr. Owen received her Ph.D. in the University of Missouri School of Natural Resources, researching the impact of a changing climate on wetland ecosystems and landowner perceptions of climate and agricultural threats in the Great Plains. Prior to moving to Missouri, she completed her B.S. in Agronomy and Global Resources Systems at Iowa State University and her M.S. in Plant Science from South Dakota State University. Rachel serves as a soil science instructor at University of Missouri, coaching the Mizzou soil judging team.

“I congratulate Dr. Owen on her appointment. As a female leader in the STEM field and co-founder of of the MOST Policy Initiative, I am confident she will provide knowledge and positive impact to the Jefferson City community,” said Wendy Doyle, Women’s Foundation President & CEO.