Todd Owen joined the CURS staff in April 2005 after working for the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management for over six years. He served in a variety of capacities focused on hazard mitigation and disaster recovery, including overseeing several grant programs focused on natural hazards mitigation and planning. Owen has also coordinated outreach efforts for the Massachusetts Low Level Radioactive Waste Management Board. He co-authored numerous reports on family policy issues when he was the program coordinator for the Family Impact Seminar, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group. Owen received his MRP in land-use and environmental planning from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998.
As the Associate Director, Owen is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Center, including helping researchers seek and secure research funding, assisting faculty in managing research projects and facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue on issues of interest to the Center staff and Faculty Fellows. He worked on the State of North Carolina Cities Data Portal, which aims to track and evaluate changes in urban well-being in North Carolina’s 44 largest cities.