Janet Owen is the Vice President for Governmental Affairs and Associate General Counsel at the University of North Florida. She has also served as the Legislative Liaison for the Board of Governors of the State University System.
A Jacksonville native and graduate of the University of Florida, Janet received her law degree from Stetson University College of Law and was a senior associate with the Jacksonville law firm of Brant, Moore, Sapp, Macdonald & Wells prior to joining UNF in 1994. Appointed to serve as UNF’s lobbyist in January 1998, Janet serves as the University’s principle liaison with federal, state and local governmental offices, legislative bodies, and community organizations. She is responsible for development and implementation of strategies and programs to obtain public funding goals, and to foster mutually supportive, on-going relationships with elected officials, executive branch leaders, other education institutions as well as UNF’s public and private partners. She has worked on systemwide initiatives and legislation to increase efficiency and flexibility for the state universities, and has served on several statewide committees to review, develop and recommend laws and policies governing public higher education. As a member of the state university lobbying team, Janet is the liaison to the university general counsels.
Active in the Jacksonville Chamber, Janet is a member of the Public Policy and Transportation & Logistics Committees, and previously served a two-year term as chair of the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee. Janet currently chairs the Board of the Cathedral Arts Project, and is chair-elect of the Task Force for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Higher Education Government Relations Conference.
Janet is a member of the Florida Bar’s Education Law Committee, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, the Rotary Club of Jacksonville and Leadership Florida’s Class XXX. In 2002, Janet was a Florida Times Union “Eve Award” Finalist in Education. She has also served on WJCT’s Community Advisory Board of WJCT, and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of her high school, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, and chancellor of the Cathedral School and Early Learning Center.
Janet and her husband, the Rev. Ron Owen, were empty nesters until the arrival of a Labradoodle named Moses.